Low plasticity burnishing is a patented, proven surface treatment used to improve damage tolerance, High-Cycle Fatigue (HCF), and Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC). This metal improvement technique was first used in applications in 1996 by Lambda Technologies and has been in commercial production since 2004. It is available through Lambda Technologies, industrial OEM's and select third party providers. The LPB® process can be performed during initial manufacture or during maintenance and repair operations. Low plasticity burnishing is a practical, cost-effective, shop floor logistically compatible process that provides reliable performance improvement without altering either the material or design.
The Low plasticity burnishing (LPB®) process differs from conventional surface treatment methods by imparting the minimal amount of plastic deformation (or “cold working”) needed to create the necessary level of residual stress to improve damage tolerance and fatigue or stress corrosion performance. Low cold working provides both thermal and mechanical stability of the beneficial compression. LPB® uses a patented constant volume hydrostatic tool design to “float” the burnishing ball continuously during operation, regardless of the force applied. This provides practically infinite tool life and eliminates the possibility of dragging the ball and damaging the surface.
LPB® application produces a depth of compression ranging from a few thousandths of an inch (comparable to shot peening) to over a full centimeter. For components like turbine blade edges, special tools are used to provide through-thickness compression. Wheel-type tools are also available for tight radii and restricted geometries, such as splines and fillets.
Questions about Low Plasticity Burnishing?
Contact us at our main facility in Cincinnati so we can demonstrate the Low Plasticity Burnishing process for you. We can answer any questions you have about how LPB® can be a cost-effective component to your bottom-line. For more information you can contact us by phone at (800) 883-0851 or here.
LPB Application and Use
Low plasticity burnishing has been applied to a broad range of materials, including:
LPB® applications have been developed for the mitigation of fretting and improving damage tolerance in turbine engines (see our Technical Papers and Application Notes). Corrosion pitting, SCC, stress concentrations, and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) mitigation have been addressed in structural aluminum airframes. Prevention of SCC in both high strength landing gear steel and welds in austenitic stainless steels have been achieved through LPB®. Current LPB® production applications range from turbine engine vanes and blades (both airborne and ground based), propellers, propeller hubs, landing gear, to welded nuclear components and medical implants. The LPB® application process can be easily integrated into the aerospace, military, medical, power generation, and oil industries.
The Low Plasticity Burnishing Process
LPB® is unique among surface enhancement processes in that the force applied to the tool is synchronized with the numerically controlled tool positioning, using either CNC machine tools or industrial robots. The low plasticity burnishing process is a highly repeatable surface treatment. The burnishing force can be synchronized to the tool positioning within milliseconds, producing unprecedented definition of the residual stress distribution produced. Combining the CNC control with Lambda’s patented design method allows the creation of the designed optimum residual stress distribution required for the application.
Low Plasticity Burnishing Advantages and Benefits
Make stress work for you.™ Find out more about LPB® and how it can improve the life and performance of your critical components by calling (800) 883-0851 or contacting us by email here.
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LPB processing of propeller
FEA of LPB processed fan blade
ROI on LPB treatment of main landing gear
LPB processing of friction stir weld
FEA of pre and post LPB processed hip implant
ROI of LPB processed P3 floor beams
LPB processing of dovetail joint
FEA of turbine vane