Grp27: Compressor to Engine Connector
Engine to Compression Connection
Material: Cast Aluminum
Manufacturing Process: Heated liquid aluminum is cooled in a mold to form the encasement. Certain areas are then brushed to produce a close to frictionless surface or to allow the component to achieve a stronger bond with another component.
Function: Connect the engine to the compressor and to transfer the power from the engine to the crankshaft.
This was made of cast aluminum because it is a cheap and efficient way to produce a light, durable, and functional component.
Gravity as well as numerous screw forces. A component that is connected to the crankshaft and to the engine is also spinning in an almost frictionless enclosure within the component.
The material choice does not affect the manufacturing process because almost any material would make this component with a mold process as the cast aluminum process does.
The shape does not affect the manufacturing process, this component is relatively easy to make and brush.
The cast aluminum method of manufacturing was chosen for this component because it is cheap, efficient, and also produces a light and durable component.
This components particular shape comes from its necessity to transfer a circular spinning component that connects the engine to the crankshaft in a frictionless protected environment. As such it has a circular hole which is brushed, a lining for rubber which allows for a close to frictionless surface, and brushed surfaces to allow for tight connections between the component and the engine and the compressor.
This component is purely functional. It allows for the transfer of power from the engine to the compressor crankshaft to occur in a close to frictionless protected enclosure.
I believe the cast aluminum manufacturing process was chosen because it produces a durable, light, and functional component in a cheap and efficient manner.
This component is not complex and is essentially a well-housed tunnel between two larger components.