Analysis of tube hydroforming by means of an inverse approach

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

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This paper presents a computational tool for the analysis of freely hydroformed tubes by means of an inverse approach. The formulation of the inverse method developed by Guo et al. [1] is adopted and extended to the tube hydroforming problems in which the initial geometry is a round tube submitted to hydraulic pressure and axial feed at the tube ends (end-feed). A simple criterion based on a forming limit diagram is used to predict the necking regions in the deformed workpiece. Although the developed computational tool is a stand-alone code, it has been linked to the Marc finite element code for meshing and visualization of results. The application of the inverse approach to tube hydroforming is illustrated through the analyses of the aluminum alloy AA6061-T4 seamless tubes under free hydroforming conditions. The results obtained are in good agreement with those issued from a direct incremental approach. However, the computational time in the inverse procedure is much less than that in the incremental method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-377
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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