Seamless Pipe Extrusion Process
Seamless pipe extrusion is a metal forming process in which a work piece usually a round billet is forced to flow through a die of a smaller cross sectional area, thus forming the work to the new cross section. The length of the extruded part will vary, dependent upon the amount of material in the work piece and the profile extruded. Numerous cross sections are manufactured by this method.
Pipes can be directly extruded with the use of a mandrel attached to the dummy block. A hole is created through the work, parallel to the axis over which the ram applies the force to form the extrusion. The mandrel is fitted within this hole. Once the operation begins, the ram is forced forward. The extruded metal flows between the mandrel and the die surfaces, forming the part. The interior profile of the metal extrusion is formed by the mandrel, while the exterior profile is formed by the extruding die.