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First Advisor

Novak, Ralph S.||Hackamack, Lawrence C. (Lawrence Carroll), 1921-

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

College of Business


Factory and trade waste; Waste products


Aluminum wire is made by drawing aluminum rods, having diameters approximating one-half inch, through a series of successively smaller holes (dies) until the desired wire diameter is reached. The aluminum wire-drawing process creates enormous amounts of friction and heat. To overcome excessive friction and to carry away the heat produced from the drawing operation, a solution of several oils blended together may be used. As aluminum rods are drawn through reducing dies, minute particles of aluminum are removed from the rods. These particles of aluminum solids circulate and re-circulate suspended in the drawing oil and form an undesirable contaminant. Eventually the concentration of aluminum contaminant in the drawing oil becomes high enough to render the drawing oil unsatisfactory for continued use. This study is an attempt to discover the most economical method of reclaiming this oil. An attempt was made to use gravity as an attractive force to remove aluminum particle contaminants from the drawing oil. An experimental settling tank process was studied for one year to determine the practicability and efficiency of the process and to ascertain its commercial feasibility. The conclusions of this study do not support the hypothesis that gravity settling may be employed as an economically feasible method for use to salvage oil used for drawing aluminum wire. The data in this study indicate conclusively that the cost of salvaging aluminum drawing oil, using the gravity method reported, would be greater than the value of the drawing oil.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


vii, 31 pages




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