An Advance in the Wheel Manufacturing Industry
Flow forming is arguably the most advanced manufacturing process to be brought into the wheel industry. The key difference between the original cast wheel and flow formed wheels is in the thickness of the wheel barrel. Flow Forming involves applying pressure to the inner barrel of the wheel once casted, whilst spinning at high speed. This makes the product thinner and lighter, as the aluminium in the wheel casting is stretched and compressed - ultimately increasing tensile strength.
What are the Benefits?
Flow Forming Technology has a great number of benefits, making the Wheel industry and the end product a lot safer and efficient out on the road.
Stronger - As well as creating a lighter wheel, Flow Forming Technology also allows for a stronger wheel. On average, Flow Formed Wheels create a 20-30% increase in tensile strength when compared to the conventional cast wheel. This allows for more shock resistance when out on the roads.
Greater Shock Resistance - This greater shock resistance as mentioned above is a key benefit of the stronger, Flow Formed wheels as it adds to the increased stress capacity formed by the stretching and compressing of the original cast wheel.
Increased Elongation - Elongation can also be described as the limit a wheel is able to flex before reaching breaking point. Flow Forming Technology provides an increase in elongation, both in the barrel and rear flange area which significantly increases the shock resistance in a potential hazard.
Higher Load Rating - Due to the fact that producing wheels with Flow Forming Technology increases the tensile strength of a wheel design, this also yields a higher load rating in comparison to a conventional cast wheel.
Check out RAXER Wheels below, all made with Flow Forming technology