Abstract: An induction heating device comprising at least one induction coil mounted to a support frame. The support frame is adapted to travel on a surface of an annular metal article to be heated and comprises a wheel set having one or more driven wheels. The support frame is adapted to travel on a side face of the annular metal article and is provided with first guide and second guide elements, which are respectively configured to engage with an outer circumferential surface and an inner circumferential surface of the annular metal article to ensure that the support frame travels on a circular path during use of the device.
December 11, 2017
Date of Patent:
November 10, 2020
Alberto Javier Herrara Caballero, Sebastien David
Abstract: An apparatus includes rails for supporting sides of a circumferential peripheral edge of a carrier. A movable ram engages a rearward portion of the carrier. A movable restrainer restrains movement of the ram. A wheel engages a forward portion of the carrier. A controller is operable to control the movable restrainer to restrain movement of the ram with the carrier and at least one metal object disposed adjacent an induction heating device, the wheel to rotate the carrier and the metal object, the induction heating device to induction heat the rotating metal object, and the movable restrainer to disengage the ram so that the wheel pivots away to allow passage of the carrier and the heated metal object into a quench bath. A plurality of metal objects may be arranged in a circular array in the carrier about a diameter generally equal to the diameter of an induction coil.
Abstract: An apparatus for thermoplastic welding together by fusion bonding an assembly of composite parts, each having a resin-rich thermoplastic surface layer, along bond lines containing a conductive susceptor includes a weld skate that can be moved along guiding and supporting tooling over the bond line to effect the weld. The skate has an induction work coil and two pressure pads, one on each side of the coil in its direction of motion in operation, for applying pressure to the parts while said induction work coil induces eddy currents in the susceptor to heat the susceptor by resistive heating and melt the thermoplastic surface layers. The skate has bearings projecting from its side into cam grooves machined into the sides of the tooling for guiding and supporting the skate during welding by the induction work coil.
Abstract: Apparatus for spacing a plurality of substantially plate-like ferromagnetic workpieces such as can lids, in face-to-face relationship along a row, comprises a plurality of magnetic elements, each extending longitudinally along the row and different ones of the elements being disposed at different angular positions around the row, each of the magnetic elements being disposed and oriented to prevent the workpieces from pivoting about a distal edge of the workpiece due to the combined magnetic attraction of the workpiece by all others of the magnetic elements.
Abstract: Induction heating is utilized to heat polymer matrix composite fiber strands containing electrically conductive fibers. This is accomplished with an apparatus having a helical induction coil and a matching helical guide tube situated adjacent to the induction coil. Composite fiber strands are drawn through the guide tube which is made of a non-electrically conductive, nonmagnetic material. Electrically conductive rollers, positioned next to the entrance and exit of the guide tube, form an electrical circuit with the electrically conductive fibers. This permits currents to be induced in the fibers when the coil is activated, thereby heating the fiber composites. The guide tube can be thermally insulated and flushed with an inert purge gas. Alternatively, the guide tube can be made of an electrically conductive or ferromagnetic material so that heat producing currents are induced in the guide tube, and the composite fiber strands are heated by conduction.