Manufacture of high pressure die-cast radio frequency filter bodies
Authors: Dargusch, M. S.; Wang, G.; Schauer, N.; Dinnis, C. M.; Savage, G.
Source: International Journal of Cast Metals Research, Volume 18, Number 1, February 2005 , pp. 47-54(8)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The manufacture of a radio frequency filter box using high pressure die casting (HPDC) is compared to the traditional high speed machining route. This paper describes an industrial exercise that concluded HPDC to be an economical and appropriate method to produce larger volumes of thin-walled telecommunications components. Modifications to the component design were made to make the component suitable for the HPDC process. Development of the die design through simulation modelling is described. The wrought alloy was replaced by near-eutectic Al–Si die casting alloy that was found to give better temperature stability performance. Apart from the economic benefits, HPDC was found to give lower filter efficiency losses through better surface finish. The effects of HPDC process variables, such as intensification pressure and injection piston velocity, on component quality, particularly porosity levels, were investigated. The pressure was analysed in terms of HPDC machine set pressure and the pressure measured in the die cavity by pressure sensors. Porosity was found to decrease with increased pressure and slightly increase with higher casting velocities.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-02-01
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