Aluminum Forging Processes: An Overview

Aluminum Forging Processes: An Overview

A survey of principles, techniques, and processes for forging and heat treatment of aluminum, as well as trimming and machining, including design considerations and metallurgical factors.

Of all structural metals and alloys, the aluminum alloys are the most readily forged to precise intricate shapes. There are a number of reasons for this: aluminum alloys are ductile; they can be forged with dies heated essentially to the same temperatures as the workpiece; they do not develop scale during heating; and they require lower forging pressures. The specific forging processes are similar, in some ways, for aluminum and steel … and very different in others.

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