Analysis of tube free hydroforming using an inverse approach with FLD-based adjustment of process parameters

Ba Nghiep Nguyen, Kenneth I. Johnson, Mohammad A. Khaleel

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This paper describes an inverse approach (IA) formulation for the analysis of tubes under free hydroforming conditions. The IA formulation is derived from that of Guo et al. established for flat sheet hydroforming analysis using constant strain triangular membrane elements. First, an incremental analysis of free hydroforming for a hot-dip galvanized (HG/Z140) DP600 tube is performed using the Marc finite element code. The deformed geometry obtained at the last converged increment is then used as the final configuration in the inverse analysis. This comparative study allows an assessment of the predictive capability of the inverse analysis. The results are compared with the experimental values determined by Asnafi and Skogsgardh. After that, a procedure based on a forming limit diagram (FLD) is described as a means to adjust the process parameters such as the axial feed and internal pressure. Finally, the adjustment process is illustrated through a re-analysis of the same tube using the inverse approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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