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Automated Continuous Production Line of Parts Made of Metallic Foams

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA), University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Smetanova ul. 17, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
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M.J.Amaral-Equipamentos Industriais Lda, Apartado 14, Bouça da Aguincheira-São Pedro de Castelões, 3730-038 Vale de Cambra, Portugal
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Metals 2019, 9(5), 531; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9050531
Received: 20 April 2019 / Revised: 28 April 2019 / Accepted: 6 May 2019 / Published: 8 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cellular Metals: Fabrication, Properties and Applications)
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Abstract

The paper presents an automated continuous production line (7 m × 1.5 m × 1 m) of high-quality metallic foams using a powder metallurgical method. This continuous production line was used to obtain metal foam parts and/or components by heating the foamable precursor material at melting temperatures close to the temperature of the metallic matrix and cooling the formed liquid metallic foam (in liquid state), which then results in a solid closed-cell metallic foam. This automated continuous production line is composed of a continuous foaming furnace, a cooling sector and a robotic system. This installation has enabled a technological breakthrough with many improvements solving some technical problems and eliminating the risks and dangers related to the safety of workers due to the high temperatures involved in this process. The whole process becomes automatic without any need for human intervention. View Full-Text
Keywords: aluminum alloy foams; powder metallurgy; continuous production; mechanical properties aluminum alloy foams; powder metallurgy; continuous production; mechanical properties
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Duarte, I.; Vesenjak, M.; Vide, M.J. Automated Continuous Production Line of Parts Made of Metallic Foams. Metals 2019, 9, 531.

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