Incorporates Efficiency into Sensor Housing Production
participating in the initial design phase, ICI assisted
aerospace engine designers in the incorporation of form, fit and
function into a bleed valve sensor housing. The investment casting
process enabled engineers to incorporate complex inner core geometry,
not feasible with conventional machining techniques, necessary for
efficient fluid flow between opposing faces. This process
also minimizes weight by designing out excess material. This produced
a 10% material savings over a machined version, as well as a 30%
to 40% cost reduction.
The housing is investment cast 356 aluminum, T6 temper, with overall
measurements of 5" x 5" x 4". ICI satisfied
all critical housing specifications including complete flatness
of the O-ring groove face and burr-free threads. Additionally, all
internal passageways and sealing surfaces are clear and defect free.
ICI's controlled casting process produces an as-cast surface
finish of 90 rms, while the company provides a 63 rms finish in
the housing is cast and heat treated, ICI machines, plates
and hardware assembles the housing. The company estimates that
program lead time is reduced 30% to 40% by casting/machining/assembling
the housing in one location by one vendor.