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Old 11-14-2008, 12:50 PM
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Engine Block Casting

Hey Ya'll

I gotta do a little something for one of my Mechanical Engineering classes on a manufacturing process and I chose sand casting and engine block.

But through my Google searches I've come on articles about different things, but nothing real specific.

Do ya'll know any engineering type websites where I could find more information on casting an engine block?

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What type of information are you looking for exactly BBB? The design of the patterns are more of an Art than a technology although the new technologies in resin sands has changed how they are made. I used to do machine work for a few foundries and was involved when they made the switch from green sands to resin cores.

Nothing special involved with casting an engine block other than the number of cores and if the material is AL or CI...its pretty old tech.

Heres a good place to start

Steel Founder's Society of America

Check out the "learn about metalcasting link".
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Thanks for the link 4Jaw that should definitely help.

This class is called Manufacturing Processes. Think of that show on Discovery "How It's Made" and that's what we're learning. He said instead of being a broad topic like sand casting that we learned in class, to make it more specific and interesting. So I chose casting engine blocks. Like I need to know how they get the cores and mold done, how all the little oil and water galleys are done. Also I said I'd talk about magnesium alloys and how they're better for engine blocks because they're less corrosive and lighter weight - lighter weight means saving fuel.

Just a short report and we gotta do a 5-6 minute presentation with power point slides.
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Go to your school's library! There should be tons of books on this.
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Haha, duh. I didn't even think of that. Big engineering school, of course there would be engineering books. I've never been in the library since I started in August. Oops.
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Manufacturing processes was my favorite, the teacher would start every class by handing out a different part and we would have to guess how it was made and how to identify the process.

It was this class that turned me into a machinist LOL!
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Here's a picture you can probably use, I don't remember where I got it, it might even be from here.
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Manufacturing processes was my favorite, the teacher would start every class by handing out a different part and we would have to guess how it was made and how to identify the process.

It was this class that turned me into a machinist LOL!
Yeah, he did that to us on the first day. Didn't hand one out, but asked us how we thought a metal Coca-Cola can is made. It's a very interesting class, I've enjoyed it so far.

This report is due Monday and I've still yet to find what I need. I found one link in that first website you posted 4 Jaw, but it doesn't really show what I want. *sigh*
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