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Friction Welding

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What is Friction Welding?

  • Friction welding is a solid-state process (non-fusion) that is achieved through frictional heat.
  • This heat is generated by controlled contact of two components until material reaches its plastic state, at which time plasticised material begins to form layers that intertwine with one another.
  • The friction welding machine controls this contact through a series of unique parameters for rotational speed (rpm’s), axial force and time.
  • Once these parameters are established, they are recorded, stored and then repeated with each cycle of the machine.

    Why Friction Welding?

    • No filler material, flux or shield gas Environmentally clean; no arcs, sparks, smoke or flame
    • Surface impurities burn through during process
    • Narrow heat affected zones
    • Ability to weld dissimilar metals
    • Weld strength usually as strong or stronger than the weaker material being joined
    • Operators do not require manual operating skills
    • Simple integration into the manufacturing area
    • Easily automated for mass production
    • Minimal plant requirements to install

       

      How it Works:

      FRICTION WELDING PROCESS



       


      Gatwick NC2800 CNC Vertical Friction Welding Machine

      Welding of up to 10mm diameter steel. Ideal for Engine Valve manufacture Further Information

      Gatwick NC2800V CNC Vertical Friction Welder

      Gatwick NC4000 CNC Friction Welding Machine

      Welding of up to 10mm diameter steel. Ideal for Engine Valve manufacture Further Information

      NC4000 FRICTION WELDER

      Gatwick NC7000 CNC Friction Welding Machine Watch Video

      Welding of up to 16mm diameter steel Further Information

      NC7000 FRICTION WELDER

      Gatwick NC10,000 CNC Friction Welding Machine

      Welding of up to 20mm diameter steel   Further Information

      NC10000 FRICTION WELDER

      Gatwick NC60000 CNC Friction Welding Machine Watch Video

      Welding of up to 55mm diameter solid steel  Further Information

      NC60000 FRICTION WELDER

      Gatwick NC175000 CNC Friction Welding Machine Watch Video

      Welding of up to 12,260mm2 drill pipe diameter Steel  Further Information

      NC175000 FRICTION WELDER

       


      Friction Welding is a suitable joining process for:

      All Forgeable Steels
      Aluminium
      Copper
      Nickel Alloys
      Titanium
      Nimonic
      Special Steels
      Many other Materials and combinations of materials are suitable for welding. Contact Gatwick® Technologies for further assistance.

       

      Typical Applications of Friction Welding:

      ENGINE VALVES
        ENGINE VALVES


      DRIVESHAFTS

      DRIVESHAFTS


      AXLES

      AXLES


      TURBOCHARGERS

      turbochargers


      DRILL PIPE

      Airbags

      turbochargers


      FPE and Gatwick Fusions range of Friction Welders are suitable for the following industries:

      • AEROSPACE
      • AUTOMOTIVE
      • CUTTING TOOLS
      • ELECTRICAL
      • INDUSTRIAL
      • OIL AND ROCK EXPLORATION
      • WHITE GOODS