Apr 24, 2014

Pressure casting

Casting Operation Is Ready To Begin

Pressure casting is the types of permanent mold casting processes in which air pressure is used to move the molten metal into the mold. Unlike other casting processes in which metal flow from top to bottom in pressure casting molten metal moves from bottom to the top.

Parts of pressure casting machine

  • Air tight camber
  • Inlet valve
  • Container for molten metal
  • Refractory tube
  • Mold
  • Mold moving mechanism

Steps involves in pressure casting

Step 1

Two parts of the mold are prepared and machined with extreme accurately, so they can open and close precisely for removal of metal parts. Unlike other molds, mold of pressure casting have the gating system which support the flow of metal from bottom to the top. Mold is then placed over the air tight sealed chamber having the molten metal in it

Step 2

After that air is introduce into the chamber through the air inlet valve. After some time chamber is completely filled with air and after that when more air is introduce into the chamber it will create pressure on the molten metal.

On Surface Of Molten Material

Step 3

Air pressure on the molten metal will force it to move up into the mold through the refractory tube. Air pressure will be maintained until the molten metal in the mold solidifies.

Material Forced Up Refractory Tube

Applied During Solidification

Step 4

After the metal solidifies pressure is removed and mold is open to remove the cast part

Advantages of pressure casting

  • Good mechanical properties 
  • Good dimensional accuracy
  • Good surface finish
  • Good for mass production
  • Less oxidation effect

Disadvantages of pressure casting

  • High set up cost
  • Not suitable for small production
  • Geometry of the part is limited


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