Friction Welding: Turning Out Forged Quality Products and Components

Topics: Why Friction Welding

Posted by: Bob Besse on Sep 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM

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When manufacturing critical components for applications such as transportation, space flight, oil & gas, construction, and the military, quality isn’t just important — it’s absolutely essential. Implementing a trusted joining technology allows components to reach the desired quality and durability.

Friction welding is a cutting edge technology solution that will solve a broad range of manufacturing problems. Our friction welding technologies – rotary, linear, and friction stir – help companies save time and money on their projects; leading to an improved bottom line.  

Forged Quality with Friction Welding

Friction welding is a solid-state forging process. Materials being joined through friction welding are heated to a temperature that makes them plasticized, not melted. Then, using extremely high forces, the pieces are pressed together to form a forge quality bond. This process works for similar and dissimilar metals such as joining copper and aluminum for a battery application.

Since materials are not melted in the friction welding process, the result is a part featuring solid, 100% butt joints that are durable for years of use. Distortion is minimal and quality is consistent, even across high volume production runs, thanks to friction welding’s ability to accommodate automated processes. The completed part may be used for a broad number of applications in an equally broad number of industry sectors.

The types of components and parts where friction welding is applicable is expansive, but here are several examples:

  • Jet engine compressor rotors
  • Oil drill pipe
  • Automotive air bags
  • Turbo chargers
  • Pistons
  • Check valves
  • Barbells
  • Axle tubes
  • Drive shafts
  • Jet engine BLISKS
  • Rail car panels
  • Battery cables
  • Engine valves
  • Hydraulic cylinder rods

MTI Can Solve Your Problems

MTI has also used the friction welding process for near net shape manufacturing of parts since the start and has now proven the ability to produce quality parts by friction welding with additively manufactured parts. With these techniques – among the several friction welding options applied by our expert engineers every day – MTI has the knowledge and know how to solve your manufacturing problems.

Our commitment to quality and high standards is demonstrated in our Nadcap, AS9100, and ISO 9001 certifications.

To learn more about friction welding, visit our website or watch how friction welding can be put to work for you. We’ll build a machine that makes your part, we’ll make the part for you, or we’ll help you make the part even better.

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In 1926 our founder, Conrad Adams, may not have been able to visualize all the great things ahead for his family’s small tool and die company. However, he could see a bright future solving problems for his customers. Through hard work and a steadfast dedication to solving their most challenging manufacturing problems, the little company from South Bend, Indiana became the world-leader in friction welding technologies, providing engineered solutions from golf putters to jet engines. Today – nine decades and four generations later – MTI’s commitment continues with a solid succession plan and a vision for GREATNESS in place for the next generation.