Accession Number:

ADD008118

Title:

Thermoclamps.

Descriptive Note:

Patent,

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-01-06

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

This patent relates to an apparatus for heat flattening andor forming titanium sheet material under heat and pressure using thermoclamps fabricated of materials having different thermal expansion properties. Upper and lower dies are made of one alloy having a large thermal expansion while tie bars between the two dies are made of an alloy having low thermal expansion. During heat cycles, the difference in expansion causes the tie bars to close the gap between the dies and apply pressure to the titanium sheet between. In an alternate arrangement, the thermal clamping action coins a bead into a diaphragm to make a vacuum tight seal so that the atmospheric pressure in the oven produces the forming or flattening of the sheet. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Metallurgy and Metallography
  • Fabrication Metallurgy
  • Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE