A different approach to estimate the process parameters in tube hydroforming

Hashemi, R ; Sharif University of Technology

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1007/s12289-014-1175-x
  3. Abstract:
  4. An enhanced unfolding inverse finite element method (IFEM) has been used together with an extended strain-based forming limit diagram (FLD) to develop a fast approach to predict the feasibility of tube hydroforming process of concept part and determine where the failure or defects can occur. In tube hydroforming, the inverse IFEM has been used for estimating the initial length of tube, axial feeding and fluid pressure. The already developed IFEM algorithm used in this study is based on the total deformation theory of plasticity. Although the nature of tube hydroforming is three-dimensional deformation, in this article a modeling technique has been used to perform the computations in two-dimensional space. Therefore, compared with conventional forward finite element methods, the present computations are quite fast with no trial and error process. In addition, the solution provides all the components of strain. Using the extended strain-based forming limit diagram, the components of strain can lead us to measure the potentials for failures during the deformation. The extended strain-based FLD based on the Marciniak and Kuczynski (M-K) model has been computed and used to predict the onset of necking during tube hydroforming. The extended strain-based FLD is built based on equivalent plastic strains and material flow direction at the end of forming. This new forming limit diagram is much less strain path dependent than the conventional forming limit diagram. Furthermore, the use and interpretation of this new diagram is easier than the stress-based forming limit diagram. The results of analysis for free bulging and square bulging have been compared with some published experimental data and the results obtained by conventional commercial software. The results indicate that the fluid pressure estimated by this method is 2.7 % greater than the results obtained by the experiment in the square bulging sample. In addition, the fluid pressure estimated in the free bulge sample is 5.6 % greater than the experimental results
  5. Keywords:
  6. Forming severity ; Inverse finite element method ; Simulation ; Tube hydro forming
  7. Source: International Journal of Material Forming ; Volume 8, Issue 3 , July , 2015 , pp 355-366 ; ISSN: 19606206
  8. URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12289-014-1175-x