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Publication numberUS3897531 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 29, 1975
Filing dateAug 21, 1972
Priority dateSep 9, 1971
Also published asDE2145006A1, DE2145006B2, DE2145006C3
Publication numberUS 3897531 A, US 3897531A, US-A-3897531, US3897531 A, US3897531A
InventorsEckhard Kiefer, Gunter Overhoff
Original AssigneeKrebsoege Gmbh Sintermetall
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Manufacture of compressed-powder bodies
US 3897531 A
Abstract
In the manufacture of bodies by isostatic compression of a powder, a press tool includes an elastically flexible jacket which is subjected to pressure in order to compress the powder. A main core, either within or surrounding the jacket, may be used to determine the shape of the body if the body is to be hollow. For the formation of a slot or other opening in the body, an auxiliary core is provided, and this core may move with the jacket during compression of the powder, or may extend through an aperture in the jacket which then slides relative to the auxiliary core during the compression operation. A piston may operate in a bore in the main core to generate pressure for urging the auxiliary core into contact with the surface of the jacket, and the piston may also be used to produce a partial vacuum for retracting the auxiliary core after formation of the body.
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[451 July 29,1975

1 1 MANUFACTURE OF COMPRESSED-POWDER BODIES Inventors: Giinter Overhoff; Eckhard Kiefer,

both of Radevormwald, Germany Sintermetallwerk Krebsoege GmbH, Krebsoege, Germany Filed: Aug. 21, 1972 Appl. No.: 282,323

US. Cl. 264/109; 264/313; 264/314 Int. Cl B29j 5/00 Field of Search 264/109, 111, 313, 314; 425/78, 405 H, DIG. 44

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1/1952 Crowley et al 425/405 H 4/1967 Vogel et a1. 264/111 Primary Examiner-Robert F. White Assistant Examiner]. R. Hall Attorney, Agent, or Firm--Toren, McGeady and Stanger [57] ABSTRACT In the manufacture of bodies by isostatic compression of a powder, a press tool includes an elastically flexible jacket which is subjected to pressure in order to compress the powder. A main core, either within or surrounding the jacket, may be used to determine the shape of the body if the body is to be hollow. For the formation of a slot or other opening in the body, an auxiliary core is provided, and this core may move with the jacket during compression of the powder, or may extend through an aperture in the jacket which then slides relative to the auxiliary core during the compression operation. A piston may operate in a bore in the main core to generate pressure for urging the auxiliary core into contact with the surface of the jacket, and the piston may also be used to produce a partial vacuum for retracting the auxiliary core after formation of the body.

6 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures PATENTEU JUL29lSYS sum PATENTED JUL 2 91975 SHEET PATENTEUJMQ ms SHEET PATENTED JUL 2 3 I975 SHEET MANUFACTURE OF COMPRESSED-POWDER BODIES This invention relates to the manufacture of bodies by isostatic compression of powders.

A known method of manufacturing bodies by the isostatic pressing of powder using a press tool, consists in mounting an elastically flexible jacket around a core so that a chamber for containing the powder is formed by a gap between the jacket and the core. After pouring the loose powder into the chamber to fill it up, the entire press tool is introduced into a fluid, which is put under pressure. The jacket is deformed elastically, thereby compressing the powder. A compressed blank is produced in the form of a hollow cylindrical body. In principle, the method could alternatively be used without a core, in which case a compressed blank in the form of a solid cylinder would be produced. It should be observed that the method can be used not only for manufacturing cylindrical bodies but also, if desired, for forming bodies of other configurations.

In the application of this known method, considerable difficulties are encountered when attempting to form bodies containing blind holes, or containing slots or other openings which pass right through the wall of the body.

An object of the present invention is to provide a process to simplify the manufacture of bodies of this kind.

According to the invention, there is provided a process for manufacturing a body by isostatic compression of a powder, in which an elastically flexible jacket compresses the powder under the action of pressure applied to the jacket; in which a transverse opening is formed in the body by an auxiliary core on which said pressure acts either directly or via the jacket; and in which the jacket and the auxiliary core move together or one relatively to the other, substantially in the direction of the applied pressure, during compression of the powder.

The auxiliary core can be arranged so that during the pressing operation the core is pushed along sideways by the jacket in the direction of the applied working pressure, the core moving from an initial position which it occupies when the powder is being inserted into the chamber, to a final position which it occupies when the powder is fully compressed. On the other hand, if a core which is acted on directly by the working fluid is used, the jacket can move relatively to the core during the compressing of the powder.

The method allows slots or other openings to be introduced at negligible cost into the walls of bodies made by the isostatic pressing of powders.

In forming a hollow body, a main core is provided to cooperate with the jacket to determine the inner and outer dimensions of the body. The auxiliary core can extend, for example, perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the main core. In this case the auxiliary core is retained in place, relative to the main core, while the powder is being inserted into the chamber. When the pressing operation has been completed, and after removing the jacket, the auxiliary core can be moved out of the way by pushing it inwards into the main core or by pulling it inwards, for example by means of a partial vacuum.

A device for operating the process according to the invention has a jacket for compressing the charge of powder, and an auxiliary core for forming the slots or other wall openings, the auxiliary core being arranged so that it can move in the direction of the working pressure applied to the jacket, moving either in common with the jacket or relative to it.

When forming hollow bodies, the auxiliary core is preferably mounted to slide sideways, in the direction of the applied working pressure, in a main core which extends substantially perpendicular to the auxiliary core. The press tool comprising the cores and the jacket is preferably arranged in such a way that, when the tool is full of powder, the auxiliary core projects outwards beyond the outer periphery of the main core ad thrusts against the surface of the jacket so that it is not in contact with the pressure fluid. The auxiliary core can rest in contact with the inner surface of the jacket, the working pressure acting on the outer surface of the jacket.

Alternatively, if desired, the jacket can be positioned in the interior of the tool, in which case the auxiliary core rests in contact with the outer surface of the jacket. The working pressure in this case acts on the inner surface of the jacket, the jacket moving outwards during the pressing operation, towards the inner surface of, for example, an outer hollow cylindrical main core, pushing the auxiliary core outwards with it.

In each case, a plurality of auxiliary cores may be provided.

The auxiliary core may project outwards from the outer periphery of the main core, across the chamber and through the wall of the jacket, a fluid-tight seal being formed with this wall. It is not necessary to provide a separate seal because the elastically flexible jacket forms its own seal against the auxiliary core.

During the filling operation, the press tool is preferably held in position by a retainer which can conveniently be situated inside the main core and can be used for pulling the auxiliary core into the main core after the completion of the pressing operation. The retainer can be actuated hydraulically or mechanically.

Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which each figure shows, in its lefthand half, a press tool device filled with powder before pressing, whilst the right-hand half represents the device after compression of powder. In the drawings:

FIGS. 1 (a) and (b) are sectional views of a conventional press tool assembly wherein a hollow blank may be formed without slots or other wall openings, FIG. 1 (a) showing the assembly prior to the application of pressure and FIG. 1 (b) showing the assembly after pressure has been applied;

FIGS. 2 (a) and (b) are sectional views of a device in accordance with the present invention, with FIG. 2 (a) showing the device prior to the application of pressure and FIG. 2 (b) showing the device during or after the application of pressure;

FIG. 3 is a sectional view showing another embodiment of the invention;

FIGS. 4 (a) and (b) are sectional views showing still another embodiment of the invention, with FIG. 4 (a) showing the embodiment prior to the application of pressure while FIG. 4 (b) depicts the device after pressure has been applied; and

FIGS. 5 (a) and (b) show still a further embodiment of the invention, with FIG. 5 (a) depicting the device prior to the application of pressure and FIG. 5 (b) showing the device after pressure has been applied.

Referring to FIGS. 1 (a) and (b) of the drawings, in conventional practice, a press tool for isostatic pressing consists of a central core 5 the lower end of which is inserted into a connecting piece 6. An elastically flexible jacket 7 rests with one end on the surface of the connecting piece 6. Between the core 5 and the jacket 7 there is a gap which forms a chamber 8 into which a powder can be poured. When the chamber 8 has been filled with the powder, the press tool containing the powder is immersed in a pressure medium, such a 30 which is put under pressure through a pressure medium supply .port 34. The entire assembly is enclosed by an outer jacket 32 which permits the fluid 30 to be placed under pressure, thereby causing pressure to be applied to the jacket 7. The pressure acts on the outer surface of the elastically flexible jacket 7 in the direction indicated by the arrows in FIG. 1 (b), that is to say essentially in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal axis 9 of the core 5. The applied pressure compresses powder within the chamber 8 by squeezing it between the jacket 7 and the core 5, the jacket moving inwards towards the core. The product is a compressed blank 1 l, in this case a hollow cylinder.

However, the present invention is concerned with the manufacture of bodies which have slots or other openings in their walls. As shown, for example, in FIGS. 2 (a), and (b) such an opening is formed in the blank Ila with the help of an auxiliary core 120 which extends in the direction of the applied pressure. The auxiliary core 12a passes through the main core 5a with enough clearance to allow the auxiliary core 12a to slide in the main core 5a under the influence of the applied pressure. As shown in FIG. 2 (a), the auxiliary core 12a extends right across the chamber 8 a, the outer end of the auxiliary core resting in contact with the inner surface of the jacket a.

Before introducing the powder into the chamber 8a and also during the introduction of the powder, the auxiliary core 12a is retained in this position, with its outer end in contact with the inner surface of the jacket 7a, by means of a retainer system 13a which is not represented in detail in the figure but which can, for example, be a hydraulic, pneumatic or mechanical system.

With the parts in the positions shown in FIG. 2 (a), the press tool is immersed in a fluid 30a under pressure contained within the outer jacket 32a. The pressure which is applied through an inlet port 34a compresses the powder by acting on the outer surface of the elastically flexible jacket 7a. During the pressing process, the jacket 7a moves inwards towards the main core 5a, the auxiliary core 12a moving inwards with the jacket.

When the pressing has been completed, the jacket 7a is removed. The auxiliary core 12a can then be moved out of the way in various ways. It can be pushed inwards from outside entirely into the main core 5a or it can be extracted by pulling it outwards, after which the compressed blank is pulled off the main core. On the other hand, the retainer system 13a which has been used for retaining the auxiliary core 12a in position during the filling operation can be used for pulling the auxiliary core inwards entirely into the main core 5a. Once the auxiliary core 12a has been shifted out of the way, the compressed blank 11a can easily be removed from the main core 5a either by pulling it off or by pushing it off.

An alternative arrangement (not shown) can, if desired, be used. In this case, the elastically flexible jacket is situated inwards of the body of powder, the pressure being aplied to the inner surface of the jacket. The powder is inserted into a chamber which in this case is situated between the outer surface of the jacket and a surrounding hollow steel cylinder. Before and during the filling operation, the auxiliary core is retained in the wall of the outer hollow cylinder by a retainer system in such a way that the inner end of the auxiliary core rests against the outer surface of the elastically flexible jacket.

To compress the powder, pressure is applied to the inner surface of the jacket. During the pressing operation, the jacket moves outwards, pushing the auxiliary core outwards with it, the auxiliary core sliding in the wall of the outer hollow cylinder. When the pressing has been completed, the jacket is removed and the auxiliary core can be extracted from the wall of the hollow cylinder. With the auxiliary core out of the way the compressed blank is easily removed from the press tool.

FIG. 3 shows a modified version of the invention. A central main core 5b is inserted at its lower end into a connecting piece 6b. An elastically-resilient jacket 7b is mounted on the upper surface of the connecting piece 6b, a gap between the jacket and the central core forming a chamber 8b for receiving the powder. In this version of the invention, the auxiliary core 12b extends not only through the main core 5b and through the body of powder which will form the compressed blank 11b, but also extends at each end through the wall of the jacket 7b. When this press tool is immersed in a fluid 30b contained under pressure within the outer jacket 32b, the pressure applied through a supply port 34b therefore acts directly on both ends of the auxiliary core 12b.

During the pressing operation, the jacket 7b moves inwards towards the main core 5b, and also moves inwards relative to the auxiliary core 12b. The material of the jacket 7b should form a fluid-tight seal with the auxiliary core 12b. To improve the seal, the material of the jacket is cut away to form annular grooves 15b around the apertures where the auxiliary core 12b passes through the jacket wall. The material between each groove 15b and the core 12b forms a lip which is pressed against the core 12b by the fluid pressure.

After the pressing has been completed, the auxiliary core 12b is pushed out of the press tool, in one direction or the other, either manually or by means of a mechanical, hydraulic or pneumatic device. Once the auxiliary core has been removed, the pressed blank 11b is easily withdrawn from the main core 5b.

FIGS. 4 (a) and (b) show a variation of the arrangement represented. in FIG. 3. FIG. 4 (a) shows the press tool containing powder which has just been inserted. FIG. 4 (b) the powder has been compressed to form a pressed blank 11c. In this example of the invention, the auxiliary core does not pass all the way through the main core 5c but works in a blind bore in the main core. Removal of the auxiliary core 120, after the pressing operation has been completed, is facilitated by screwing a suitable extracting tool into an internally threaded bore in the auxiliary core.

In FIGS. 5 (a) and (b) a hydraulic retainer system 13d is shown which serves both for retaining a number of auxiliary cores 12d in place and for moving them out of the way after the pressing operation. The hydraulic retainer system 13d comprises a supporting plate 16 and a sliding sleeve 19d which slides axially in a pressure-compensating bore 22d in the main core 5d. Between the supporting plate 16d and the sleeve 19d there is a compression spring 17d. The sleeve 19d supports a piston 18d which can slide longitudinally in an aperture through the sleeve. Between the head of the piston 18d and the sleeve 19d there is a sealing ring d. Further sealing rings 21d are interposed between the auxiliary cores 12d and the main core 5d. The rod of the piston 18d is screwed into the supporting plate 16d. The working area of the piston 18d, that is to say the thrust area which acts on the fluid in the pressurecompensating bore 22d, is slightly less than the sum of the thrust areas of all the auxiliary cores 12d.

Before introducing the powder, enough pressure is caused to build up in the pressure-compensating bore 22d to thrust the auxiliary cores 12d outwards until the outer end of each auxiliary core is in contact with the inner surface of the jacket 7d. The chamber 8d is then filled with the powder.

After immersing the press tool in the fluid 30d within the jacket 32d, the pressure in the fluid is gradually built up, and the pressure acting on the external surface of the jacket 7d compresses the powder. During the pressing operation, the jacket 7d moves inwards towards the main core 5d, pushing the auxiliary cores 12d inwards into the pressure-compensating bore 22d. This inwards movement of the auxiliary cores is made possible by the fact, already mentioned above, that the thrust area of the piston 18d in the bore 22d is slightly less than the sum of the thrust areas of the auxiliary cores.

The hydraulic retainer system 13d which is used for retaining the auxiliary cores 12d in position during the filling operation, and which makes it possible for the auxiliary cores to be pushed slowly inwards into the pressure-compensating bore 22d during the pressing operation, is also used for moving the auxiliary cores 12d out of the way after the pressing has been completed. To move the auxiliary cores, the piston 18d is retracted upwardly within the bore 22d, the resulting suction in the pressure-compensating bore 22d urging the auxiliary cores inwards into the pressurecompensating bore 22d, so that the pressed blank lld can easily be removed from the main core 5d.

If there is too much friction between the auxiliary cores 12d and the pressed blank 11d to allow the auxiliary cores to be urged inwards by the suction in the pressure-compensating bore 22d, the auxiliary cores can be moved out of the way, after removing the jacket 7d, by applying a thrust to the supporting plate 16d and so to the piston 18d, so that the auxiliary cores are ejected outwards.

In order to remove air entrapped in the pressurecompensating bore 22d by the introduction of the piston 18d, a venting system is provided consisting of the supporting plate 16d, the compression springs 17d, the piston 18d, the sleeve 19d and the seal 20d. The system functions as follows. When the piston 18d is initially advanced in the bore 22d by pressure on the plate 16d, the head of the piston moves away from the end of the sleeve 19d thereby allowing the air entrapped in the pressure-compensating bore 220 to escape through the clearances between the piston 18d and the main core, and between the piston rod and the sleeve 19d, the seal 20d being ineffective. When the advancing piston 18d is brought to a stop by the hydraulic fluid in the pressure-compensating bore 22d, the sleeve 19d, urged by the compression springs 17d, advances towards the head of the piston 18d, a conical surface of the sleeve 19d squashing the seal 20d into close contact with the neighbouring surfaces of the piston head and the pressure-compensating bore 22. This arrangement ensures that the pressure-compensating bore 22d is completely sealed.

We claim:

1. A method for manufacturing molded articles from pressed powder material by compression within molding apparatus including a centrally located, generally cylindrical main core member consisting essentailly of solid inelastic material, an outer pressing jacket formed from elastic material surrounding said main core with a spacing therebetween forming a generally cylindrical annular molding cavity, and meansincluding said outer pressing jacket enclosing said molding cavity, comprismg:

a. positioning auxiliary core means consisting essentially of solid inelastic material to extend completely through said molding cavity transversely thereof between said pressing jacket and said main core member;

b. filling said molding cavity with moldable powder material;

c. applying fluid pressure externally of said pressing jacket to compress said powder material and bond the particles thereof into said molded article, said pressure being applied in a manner to act againt said auxiliary core means;

d. disassembling said apparatus to permit removal of both said auxiliary core means and said molded article from within said molding cavity; and

e. removing said molded article from said cavity, said article being thereby formed with a transverse aperture extending therethrough.

2. The method according to claim 1 wherein said auxiliary core means is positioned within said molding cavity in abutment with the internal surface of said pressing jacket and wherein said main core is formed with recess means into which said auxiliary core means may extend, with application of said external pressure operating to move said auxiliary core means together with said pressing jacket in a direction centrally of said main core member.

3. The method according to claim 1 wherein said auxiliary core means are positioned to extend through said pressingjacket to the exterior thereof, and wherein application of said external pressure causes relative movement between said auxiliary core means and said pressing jacket.

4. The method according to claim 1 wherein said main core member comprises a generally central axis extending longitudinally thereof and wherein the said auxiliary core means comprise a generally longitudinal body member, said auxiliary core means being positioned with its longitudinal direction extending generally perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis of said main core member.

5. The method according to claim 4 wherein said auxiliary core means is retained in a fixed position relative to said main core member during application of said external molding pressure.

6. The method according to claim 4 wherein said main core member includes an internal recess into which said auxiliary core means extends and wherein said auxiliary core means is removed from said molding cavity by being retracted into said main core member to enable removal of said molded article.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification264/109, 425/405.2, 419/42, 264/313, 264/314
International ClassificationB30B15/02, B22F5/10, B29C43/42
Cooperative ClassificationB30B15/022, B22F5/10, B29L2023/22, B22F2998/00, B29K2105/251, B22F5/106, B29C43/42
European ClassificationB22F5/10T, B29C43/42, B30B15/02B, B22F5/10