In this work, the feasibility of reducing the cycle time in superplastic forming through a selective approach in the algorithm that calculates the forming pressure profile was investigated. First, a 3D numerical model of the blow forming process is created. Then, the blank was partitioned in different characteristic areas according to their strain and strain rate histories. Thus, different pressure profiles were numerically calculated choosing different combinations of those partitions of the blank. Experimental trials were finally carried out in order to explore the potential reduction of the forming time that can be achieved through the described approach without affecting the post-forming properties of the formed specimens. Post-forming properties were measured in terms of thickness distribution, mean grain size, and cavitation effects along the formed sheet. In particular, experiments were performed both with the conventional approach (with the whole sheet being monitored) and considering only the area of the sheet that experiences the highest strain values at the end of the forming process. Results highlighted that this latter approach can efficiently reduce the cycle time.
|Titolo:||Pressure Profile Designing in Superplastic Forming Based on the Strain Rate and on Post-forming Properties|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s11665-014-1027-3|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|