A family of copper alloys sometimes used as material for perishable tube-bending tooling (i.e., mandrels, wipers, and static pressure dies). Aluminum-bronze is preferred over alloy steel as the material for perishable tooling to bend carbon steel, stainless steel, titanium, and nickel alloy tubing because it tends to break down into fine particles instead of galling (i.e., welding relatively large pieces of itself) to the tubing as it wears. Aluminum-bronze is available in various grades and names.
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A complete guide to the principles of the 4-Step set-up for tube-bending tools
This is a printable handbook showing how to implement in four standardized steps the “forward mandrel” set-up for rotary-draw tube-bending machines and establish process control over the so-called black art. The procedure is based upon the guiding principle that the tools make the bend and takes advantage of the inserted design of modern mandrel tooling.