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gravity base foundation

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

foundations using the weight of gravity to hold them in place and give added stability, usually used for very large scale constructions

alloy

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

a partial or complete solid solution of one or more elements in a metallic matrix

pickling method

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

treatment method for stainless steel, metal surface treatment used to remove impurities, such as stains, inorganic contaminants, rust or scale, from ferrous metals, copper, and aluminum alloys

microstructure

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

the structure of a prepared surface or thin foil of material as revealed by a microscope above 25× magnification

ball bearing

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

A bearing in a machine in which the moving part slides on loose steel balls in a groove. The balls reduce the amount of friction between moving parts.

aileron

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

A small flap on the back edge of the wing of an airplane. The airplane's pilot can move the ailerons up or down to cause the plane to tilt to one side or another.

cardinal point

Mechanical equipment; General technical terms

One of the four main directions on a compass. The cardinal points are north, south, east, and west.

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