Mechanical 7 - Graphite Removal

Student Team: Aaron Estes, Kaitlyn Stadtmueller, Yanlin Sun
Advisor: Nathan Ray
Sponsoring Organization: Wagstaff
Liaisons: Brett Thielman, Mike Anderson

Wagstaff Inc. is a Spokane based aluminum casting manufacturer who distributes components necessary for creating aluminum ingots to customers across the world. One of these components is Wagstaff’s AirSlip® mold which allows for molten aluminum to form and cool into solid billets. Inside this mold is a graphite ring which over time becomes saturated with oil and must be removed. The current removal process requires the mold to be heated to around 350°F and then cleaned while still hot which is extremely inefficient and unsafe. The goal of the Graphite Removal team is to develop a new process for removing the graphite from the molds as well as design and fabricate a working prototype to test this process. This new machine will be more safe and efficient as well as cost effective. The hope is that this will help create a machine that Wagstaff can manufacture and sell to their customers.

The goal of the Graphite Removal team is to develop a new process for removing the graphite from the molds as well as design and fabricate a working prototype to test this process. This new machine will be more safe and efficient as well as cost effective. The hope is that this will be the first step in creating a machine that Wagstaff can manufacture and sell to their customers.

 

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