There are many accidents due to the failure of aircraft exhaust systems. These can occur due to loss of power, fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
You should make sure that you properly inspect your aircraft exhaust system so that you can avoid these potential hazards.
Here are a few ways in which you can thoroughly inspect the exhaust system and make sure that it is working correctly.
Do A Visual Inspection
The first thing you should do is perform a visual inspection to see if everything is working. To do so, you must check the muffler and the heat exchanger to see any potential leaks or cracks. Then you should check the exhaust gaskets to see if they are blown out or not. After that, you should make sure that all the clamps and attachments are tightly screwed. Otherwise, they will get loose and cause damage. Some other things to look out for include dented stacks, thinning of areas, cracks, and corrosion.
This might sound like a lot of work, but once you get used to it, this will be a breeze. Make sure that you perform a visual inspection daily so that you can find any potential issues on time. This will not only save you time but also repair costs.
Perform A Pressure Test
After you are done with the visual inspection, you should perform a pressure test. This will allow you to see if all the joints and pipes are properly attached. The pressure test is also used to check for any cracks or leaks. If you find any problems, make sure that you instantly deal with them so that you do not breach any safety policies.
Inspect For Any Metal Fatigues
To find any metal fatigues in the exhaust system, you should check for distortions or bulges. You can also examine any bends in the pipes. Finding metal fatigues on time will allow you to deal with them swiftly. Otherwise, they might cause a lot of damage over time, not only increasing your repair costs, but you might also have to replace some materials. It’s always a good idea to deal with any metal fatigues on time instead of leaving them for later.
Check For Corrosion
You might have difficulties finding corrosion at the start, but you must look for it in lower areas of the exhaust. Inspect the areas where the moisture collects and thoroughly inspect it. If you do not deal with corrosion on time, they can cause pinholes or thinning of parts. This might eventually lead to more severe problems that will force you to replace the parts that are affected by corrosion.
Ensure Everything Is Properly Attached
This is one of the most important things to keep in mind. It might seem like something small, but it can cause a lot of damage over time if not dealt with. You should check every clamp, gasket, and seal to see if they are appropriately attached or not. Since these are small parts, they can be easy to miss, so make sure to check them carefully.
If you are having difficulties locating or fixing any seals, you should refer to the manufacturer's guide. It includes the location of the clamps as well as how to screw them on properly.