The MTJ - "Magnetic Tube Joint" is a research project developed by Micronorma, in partnership with Tecnisata and Instituto Superior Técnico. It consists in the development of equipment for industrializing the joining of tubular components by means of electromagnetic plastic deformation. The goal is to build an equipment that allows for the industrialization of the process.
During the project we developed a fully functional prototype based on this technology called Power Forming 2000 (PF2000).
This process eliminates the current need to join tubular components by means of tools and conventional processes, such as welding and mechanical interlocks, with significant advantages over conventional joining technologies. By not involve direct or indirect contact with the components to be connected, this union does not create heat affected zones which ensure high levels of energy efficiency and repeatability in the production line. It's a clean and environmentally friendly technology that eliminates wastages and optimizes the natural resources.
Given the research carried out and the potential of this technology, in addition to tubular joints, another type of deformations was addressed, such as stamping (magnetic die and magnetic press) and the deflection of plates.
Below are presented videos that demonstrate the potential of this equipment:
Duration of the project: February 2010 to June 2013
|Project Nr 5486|