Castings research facilities  

-Batch and continuous mixers for chemically bonded sand moulding

 

 

 

 

 

-Resistance melting furnace for up to 200 kg of light alloys

 

 

 

 

 

-Induction melting facilities for up to 100kg of ferrous alloys

   

 

 

 

 

-High power induction skull melting furnace for reactive alloys

 

 

 

 

 

-Vacuum induction rollover furnace for ~8 kg of nickel alloys (or equivalent)

 

 

 

 

 

- Real-time X-ray radiography to study metal flow and solidification in moulds

 

 

 

 

 

-Ceramic Investment Mould Manufacture

Fully computer controlled and air conditioned shelling facility with:

  • 6 axis electric dipping robot
  • Three 600mm diameter rotary slurry tanks
  • Two 500mm fluidised beds
  • 1000mm rainfall sander
  • An assortment of mixing tanks for small batch processing
  • Environment controlled to ranges of 15 to 30˚C and 40 to 90% RH
     

Air conditioned shell drying chamber with:

  • Rotary air diffuser
  • Pulsed and continuous air flow with variable configurations
  • Environment controlled to ranges of 15 to 30˚C and 40 to 90% RH and air velocities between 2.03 to 10.16 ms-1
  • Real time telemetry for monitoring of humidity, temperature and conductivity of shell moulds during the drying process is also available

 State of the Art Investment Casting Facility:

-Battenfield Injection Moulding Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 -Mueller Phipps Wax Injection Machine

Paste wax injection machine with 18 tonne clamping force and programmable flow control.

 

 

 

 -Motoman Robotic Ceramic Shell Manufacture

 

 

 

 

 

-Boilerclave TM Wax Removal

 

 

 

 

 

The LBBC BoilerclaveTM has a 10 bar maximum working pressure and is incorporated with several additional features:

  • PLC control
  • Programmable controlled exhaust cycle
  • Wax blow-down
  • 2 viewing ports and 2 multiple thermocouple ports
  • Eight permanent type K thermocouples are distributed around a specially built internal frame allowing constant monitoring of vessel thermal profiles
  • The second port has space for up to 32 non-permanent thermocouples, which are used to instrument both wax and shell
  • The plc controller is also instrumented with a pressure transducer which can be separately data logged