In the aerospace industry, pressurized containers are used to hold a variety of materials, including liquid oxygen, fire-suppressant foams and liquid fuel. Whether the pressurized containers are found on airplanes or vehicles bound for outer space, it is important that the containers are made according to stringent guidelines.
Because pressurized containers are often dome-shaped or cylindrical, hydroforming is the production method of choice to form these complex shapes. To make pressurized containers, two parts must be formed and welded together to complete the container, and they must match exactly. Using the hydroforming method, Jones Metal ensures that the parts produced are uniform.
Hydroforming allows Jones Metal to produce components that are consistent in size, shape and wall thickness. This precision forming method helps to reduce the thinning that occurs on the walls of the part and the thickening that occurs down the sides of the part.
Jones Metal’s hydroforming process assures that the surface will be free of imperfections. Ensuring a smooth, scratch-free surface also is critical because scratches or other surface flaws can jeopardize the integrity of the pressurized vessel. The materials used to form pressurized containers include stainless steel in the range of .030 to .188, thin Inconel in the range of .025 to .060, and .078 titanium, all of which Jones Metal has years of experience in handling.
Jones Metal makes the tools for pressured containers in-house, according to each customer’s detailed specifications. We understand that, in the aerospace industry, short run orders are much more likely than large volume orders. We have the equipment to deliver pressurized containers on-time. Whether you need a few hundred parts or just 10, Jones Metal is here to help. And because we offer trimming, piercing and heat treating services, we can help you to keep all of the production process under one roof.
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