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Heat Shrink Installation of TRUNNION RING
The original trunnion rings of the Armstrong 110pr breech load cannons were made with a smaller internal diameter than the barrel. Then the ring was heated, installed, and it shrunk firmly into its permanent position. Heat shrinking multiple coil cylinders to build up the cannon was shown to be a very strong method, albeit expensive.
I decided to try the same method with my 1:10 model, and discussed the method at the recent GSMEE meeting. I listened carefully to the advice from members, read Machinery’s Handbook on the subject, and was ready to proceed.
The ring internal diameter was turned to 0.05-0.06 mm smaller than the diameter of the barrel where it would be positioned.
I let the ring soak up the heat for an hour or more.
Lifted it out with pliers, carefully lowered it down the barrel (having earlier has a couple of practice runs), and felt it slide easily into position.
Another ring followed later and it also dropped easily into position. I had to rotate it, and noted that it locked up after only 10-15 seconds, so the working time is indeed very brief!
I will clean up the blackened heat affected trunnion ring later. This was a very satisfying day in the workshop.