A COMPACTING PROCESS OF THE EN AW 6060 ALLOY
Keywords:compaction, aluminium chips, finite element method, porosity
This study reports on an investigation of factors affect the process of compacting Al chips which are used to direct scrap processing through the forward extrusion method. EN AW 6060 chips of different geometry and types were mainly used as the experimental material. The chips were compacted in a die with a vertical channel (10.3mm in diameter). To provide a range of processing conditions, three different weights were selected and compacting was performed under five, different compacting pressures. The movement of the chips within the die during compacting was analysed through numerical simulations using Deform 2D software. Study of the compacting process optimal parameters for increasing the density and enhancing the density distribution were defined. The results from our study clearly show that optimal conditions are obtained when the proportion of D/h is 1/1.1. Moreover, it was recognized that in the process of small chips compacting, there was obtained lower density than in the case of large chips.