Extrusion Process Diagram
Cylindrical aluminum alloy billets are heated to between 450ºC and 500ºC before being loaded into a container and then squeezed through a die shape using a ram with pressures of up to 680MPa. The die is supported by a series of back dies and bolsters so that the main press load is transferred to a front platen.
On leaving the die the temperature of the section is more than 500ºC and with heat treatable alloys the quenching, or solution heat treatment, takes place in the production line. This can be by water bath, water spray or forced-draught air, with the latter being particularly useful for thin section.
Keili Metals does not charge for tooling die's based on our clients' custom profiles given any profile volume of 10,000 lbs annually.
The actual extrusion process begins with billet, aluminum log cut to specific lengths which are fed into the press as extrusion materials.
The billet must be softened by heat prior to extrusion. The heated billet is placed into the extrusion press, a powerful hydraulic device wherein a ram pushes a dummy block that forces the softened metal through the die.
The process begins when the ram starts applying pressure to the billet within the billet container through the die. Various hydraulic press designs are capable of exerting anywhere from 100 tons to 15,000 tons of pressure. This pressure capacity of a press determines how large an extrusion it can produce.
As pressure is first applied, the billet is crushed against the die, becoming shorter and wider until its expansion is restricted by full contact with the container walls. Then, as the pressure increases, the soft (but still solid) metal has no place else to go and begins to squeeze out through the shaped orifice of the die to emerge on the other side as a fully formed profile.
When the profile emerges from the press it is in a semi-solid state, but rapidly solidifies as it cools or is quenched (whether by air or water). Non-heat-treatable aluminum alloys derive their strength through natural aging and cold working. Heat-treatable alloys are further strengthened or hardened through controlled thermal treatments that affect the metallurgical structure of the alloys.
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