Ring rolling with variable wall thickness

Christopher Cleaver, Matthew R Arthington, Sharareh Mortazavi & Julian Allwood
Ring rolling processes today produce axisymmetric rings, wasting material, energy and labour if non-axisymmetric components such as eccentric bearing races and bossed pipe fittings are required. A new process is proposed to roll rings with variable wall thickness. In this work, roll gaps and speeds are controlled online in physical experiments to achieve a defined variable wall thickness, enabled by photogrammetry to capture the ring’s shape and position. The trials revealed two new process limits...
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