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Numerical study of multi-point forming of thick sheet using remeshing procedure

Abstract : Multi-point forming MPF is an innovative technology of manufacturing complex thick sheet metal products without the need for solid tools. The central component of this system is a pair of the desired discrete matrices of punches, and die surface constructed by changing the positions of the tools though CAD and a control system. Because reconfigurable discrete tools are used, part-manufacturing costs are reduced and manufacturing time is shorten substantially. Firstly, in this work we develop constitutive equations which couples isotropic ductile damage into various flow stress based on the Continuum Damage Mechanic theory. The modified Johnson-Cook flow model fully coupled with an isotropic ductile damage is established using the quasi-unilateral damage evolution for considering both the open and the close of micro-cracks. During the forming processes severe mesh distortion of elements occur after a few incremental forming steps. Secondly, we introduce 3D adaptive remeshing procedure based on linear tetrahedral element and geometrical/physical errors estimation to optimize the element quality, to refine the mesh size in the whole model and to adapt the deformed mesh to the tools geometry. Simulation of the MPF process (see Fig. 1) and the unloading spring-back are carried out using adaptive remeshing scheme using the commercial finite element package ABAQUS and OPTIFORM mesher. Subsequently, influencing factors of MPF spring-back are researched to investigate the MPF spring-back tendency with the proposed remeshing procedure.
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Abel Cherouat, Xu Ma, Houman Borouchaki, Qi Zhang. Numerical study of multi-point forming of thick sheet using remeshing procedure. 21st International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming (ESAFORM 2018), Apr 2018, Palermo, Italy. pp.150001, ⟨10.1063/1.5035008⟩. ⟨hal-02284342⟩



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