Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Isostatic Pressing Capabilities
The isostatic pressing capability at the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant is among the largest in the world. The working chamber (60 inches in diameter and 60 inches deep) of the oil isostatic press can reach pressures of up to 30,000 psi with oil temperatures up to 150°C to compact elastomeric molds containing ceramic and/or metallic powders. These isostatic pressing facilities are also supported by a rubber shop that produces elastomer molds of various sizes and shapes. Because powdered materials are highly sensitive to atmosphere and moisture, the facilities are located in a humidity-controlled shop, and the outgassing furnaces are capable of being loaded from an inert atmosphere. These furnaces and the glove box are new and are capable of reaching 600°C at controlled rates to produce various properties. The forming facilities have gone through a renovation in which the hydraulic press systems were upgraded with computerized controls. The capabilities of the Y-12 ceramic processing facilities are being utilized by several ceramic material production companies.
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