Grp27: Woodruff Key
Manufacturing Process: Heated liquid steel is poured into a mold and cooled to form a woodruff key.
Function: Makes sure the engine shaft and crankshaft spin together and don’t slip.
Steel was chosen for the woodruff key because it has to endure constant pressure from both the engine shaft and the crankshaft and needs to be very durable.
Forces are applied from the engine shaft, the crankshaft, and gravity.
The choice of steel doesn’t affect the manufacturing process because the woodruff key mold is very basic.
The shape of the woodruff key does not affect the manufacturing process because the woodruff key mold is very basic.
The cast steel manufacturing process was chosen for the woodruff key because it produces a strong, durable product, in a rather cheap and efficient manner.
This has a shape that fits into the crankshaft and the engine shaft and ensures that both stay aligned and spinning.
This component is purely functional and is never seen unless the compressor is taken apart.
I believe that the cast steel manufacturing process was chosen for the woodruff key because it produces a strong and durable woodruff key which functions well and is cheaper than some alternatives and stronger than others.
This component is not very complex consisting of a molded steel bar.