Air Separator Tank (AST)
This is the air separator tank for dwduc's FD. The tank is built from 6061 aluminum. More specifically the tank is composed of the following materials:
- 1/4" walled 3.5" diameter aluminum tubing (tank)
- 1/4" thick pieces cut from 3.5" round stock (end caps)
- 1/4" aluminum plate(mounting tab)
- 1/2" round stock (bottom mounting post)
- 3/8" thin walled tubing (side inlet and bottom outlet)
My role in this build was sourcing the parts (alreco's north of Denver), cutting to size/shape, deburring, and otherwise prepping for welding. I had a friend at work use TIG to put the pieces together. At this point, I only have to polish the tank. It doesn't HAVE to be polished, but why not. Huzer picked up a bench grinder for me, that I am hopefully going to get from him this week.
Laying out the pieces:
Bottom of the tank with the aligning nub and outlet tube
Sketch of original mounting tab thought on aluminum. This idea was eliminated so that more surface area was available for welding it to the tank. The piece was eventually cut out with a jigsaw and then hand filed to final shape. Which can be seen in the previous picture.
This is the tank as I got it back from my friend that welded it together.
Once I got it home, I hit it with green scotch bright discs on my angle grinder to get the big imperfections leveled out.