US 11,654,470 B2
Mold structure for forming secondary battery pouch
Hyuk Ahn, Cheongju-si (KR); and Sang Yong Lee, Cheongju-si (KR)
Filed by Hyuk Ahn, Cheongju-si (KR)
Filed on Aug. 3, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/392,959.
Claims priority of application No. 10-2020-0149155 (KR), filed on Nov. 10, 2020.
Prior Publication US 2022/0143670 A1, May 12, 2022
Int. Cl. B21D 22/02 (2006.01); H01M 50/105 (2021.01); H01M 50/119 (2021.01); H01M 10/04 (2006.01)
CPC B21D 22/02 (2013.01) [H01M 10/04 (2013.01); H01M 50/105 (2021.01); H01M 50/119 (2021.01)] 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A mold structure, comprising:
an upper mold having a convex portion in a lower surface thereof to press-form a thin aluminum sheet;
a lower mold including a main mold part having a forming recess for forming the thin aluminum sheet placed thereon and an auxiliary mold part supporting the main mold part;
a back plate spaced apart from an inside of the forming recess and supporting a lower surface of the aluminum sheet; and
vacuum generators connected with air passages formed from two opposite sides of the auxiliary mold part to a bottom surface of the forming recess, the vacuum generators supplying or sucking air through the air passages, wherein the back plate is spaced apart from the auxiliary mold part, wherein the back plate is lowered by a forming pressure generated as the lower mold ascends and, if the forming pressure is released as the lower mold descends, the back plate is elevated, wherein the back plate includes a plate portion supporting the lower surface of the aluminum sheet, a plurality of elastic springs each of which has an upper end elastically installed in the plate portion and a lower end elastically installed in the auxiliary mold part, and a connection sleeve having an upper end fastened to the plate portion and a lower end supported on a ceiling of a lower space of the auxiliary mold part and vertically slidable, wherein the connection sleeve is lowered and raised according to the descent and ascent of the back plate to determine a range of the ascent of the back plate, wherein the lower ends of the elastic springs remain unchanged in position in the auxiliary mold part regardless of the descent and ascent of the back plate, and wherein the air is discharged from, or introduced to, spaces around the back plate by sucking the air through the air passages by the vacuum generators to thereby create a vacuum low pressure in the forming recess or by supplying the air through the air passages by the vacuum generators to thereby release the vacuum low pressure, wherein the connection sleeve includes a coupling portion fastened to a lower surface of the plate portion, a sliding portion inserted through the auxiliary mold part to be vertically slidable, and a head portion supported on the ceiling of the lower space of the auxiliary mold part to restrict the ascent of the back plate.