When you are operating or maintaining a reciprocating engine aircraft, one important component to be knowledgeable about is the connecting rod. The connecting rod is a component that is placed between the piston and crankshaft of the engine, allowing for forces to be transmitted between them. To operate efficiently, connecting rods need to have high strength so that they can withstand the loads that they are subjected to, as well as be light enough to mitigate inertia forces that result from the stopping of the rod and piston, the starting and ending of each stroke, and changing direction.
In general, there are four types of connecting rods, those being plain, fork and blade, master and articulated, and split-type assemblies.
With the master rod, the piston and crankpin can be linked together, and airulated rods are attached through flanges that are provided on the end of the crankpin. With a lock knuckle pin, the articulated rods are then attached to the master rod. If either a split-spline or split-clamp type crankshaft is used within the system, a one-piece master rod is implemented. If the crankshaft is a one-piece type, on the other hand, the larger end of the master rod and the master rod bearing are both split and the rod is installed on the crankpin. For the lock knuckle pins to operate efficiently, they are constructed solidly, albeit the oil passages that are for lubrication.
While each type of reciprocating engine type requires varying connecting rods, each assembly type provides the same benefit of power transfer from the piston to the crankshaft for operation. When it comes time to begin sourcing the connecting rod components and other aviation parts, let the experts at NSN Axis help you secure everything you need with ease. NSN Axis is a leading online distributor for aviation parts for both the civil and defense industries, and we provide customers access to over 2 billion new, used, and obsolete components. Get started on the purchasing process today and see how we can help fulfill all of your operational needs.
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