Feasibility study of complex sheet hydroforming process: experimental and modelling

Mohamed Mohamed, David Carty, John Storr, Nicola Zuelli, Paul Blackwell, David Savings

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Abstract

The application of finite element method (FEM) in the area of metal forming and material processing has significantly increased in the recent years. The study presented provides details of the development of a finite element modelling approach to form a part via a sheet hydroforming (SHF) process. Both FEM analysis and experimental trials were introduced in this study to produce a complex shaped component from Inconel 718 material. The FEM provides a robust feasibility study for forming this part in terms of blank design, load path and process design optimisation. The simulated hydroformed part was validated by performing experimental trials. The analysis demonstrated close correlation between the predicted FE model and the physical trial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-691
Number of pages7
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Volume716
Early online date17 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Oct 2016
EventMetal Forming - 16th International Conference - AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland
Duration: 18 Sep 201621 Sep 2016
http://metalforming2016.jordan.pl/

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Keywords

  • Inconel 718
  • hydroforming
  • load path
  • finite element method
  • metal forming
  • sheet hydroforming process
  • process design optimisation
  • feasibility study

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