pressure cylinders -- manufactured how?


A slight OT query....
How are pressure cylinders such as SCUBA tanks and "K Bottles"
manufactured? Some are aluminum, others steel. I'd assumed they're cast
in one piece, but I don't know for sure, and someone asked me..
Reply to
David Lesher
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Reply to
Tom Gardner
Search around in YouTube a little... I just saw some videos of SCUBA and other tanks being fabricated a couple of weeks ago.
Erik
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Erik
Thanks. "SCUBA" was the noun to use....
Reply to
David Lesher
Nope, one piece extrusions, or spun pipe. Google on "Worthington"
Reply to
Brian Lawson
What a great video. I wish thyat I could see that operation in person.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus7553
It is a fascinating process. The aluminum tank being extruded from a thick blank... This process is called backward extrusion because the metal is forced to flow backwards over the mandrel (or punch).
Tooth paste tubes of old were made in this fashion; it is pretty old technology.
The steel tank manufacturing is also a sight to behold. In this case the tank is drawn from a round disk of steel which I would guess is about 3/8" thick. Also a marvellous process.
Wolfgang
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wfhabicher

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