Incremental profile ring rolling with axial and circumferential constraints
© 2017 If profile ring rolling could be achieved without part-specific tooling, significant savings in material, energy and downstream processing could be realised. One approach, ‘incremental ring rolling’ previously suffered difficulties controlling material flow, resulting in multiple form errors. Inspired by studying an expert using a potter's wheel, two additions to this process are proposed; the use of axial and circumferential constraints. A 12-axis ring rolling machine has been built to demonstrate these process enhancements, producing metal rings up to 1 m in diameter. The production of both rectangular and L-shape rings is examined, showing significant improvements in ring cross-sectional form and circularity.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K018108/1)