FE Simulation on Temperature Field of the Flexible Forming by Plasma Arc


Article Preview

Plasma arc forming is a new technique of metal sheet forming without moulds and external forces. This paper developed a mathematical model to study the variations of temperature field during the forming process which was validated by experiments. The results indicated that: the temperature near to the inlet of metal sheet was lower than that in the vicinity of outlet. The peak temperature increased with the increasing of plasma arc power, but decreased with the increasing of scanning speed or plasma arc diameter. For specified metal sheet, the forming efficiency can be improved by properly increasing plasma arc power, decreasing plasma arc diameter or scanning speed under the condition that the material properties are not destructed.



Edited by:

Ran Chen




H. Z. Zhen, "FE Simulation on Temperature Field of the Flexible Forming by Plasma Arc", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 44-47, pp. 2686-2690, 2011

Online since:

December 2010





[1] C. D Jang, S.C. Moon: Journal of Ship Production, Vol. 14 (1998), p.238.

[2] G. Yu, R.J. Anderson, T. Maekawa, N.M. Patrikalakis: International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 43 (2001), p.2349.

[3] X.P. Wang, X.J. Meng, W. Yu, Y.Q. Liu: Development and Application of Materials, Vol. 16 (2001), p.10.

[4] M. Geiger, F. Vollersen: Annals of the CIRP, Vol. 42 (1993), p.301.

[5] F. Vollertsen: Laser Assisted Net Shaped Engineering, 1994, p.371.

[6] Y.J. Shi, J. Chen, Y.G. Qi: Materials Science and Technology, Vol. 25 (2009), p.925.

[7] A.T. Male, C. Pan., Y.W. Chen, P.J. Li, Y.M. Zhang: CIRP Annals 2000: Manufacturing technology, p.213.

[8] W.J. Xu, T. Wang, J.C. Fang, H.W. Qu, F. Liu: China Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 15 (2004), p.2146.

[9] M.L. Wang, L.J. Yang, Y. Wang: Materials Science Forum, Vol. 532-533 (2006), p.93.

[10] Editorial Board of Heat treatment handbook: Heat treatment handbook (Mechanical Industry Publishing House, Beijing 2001) (in Chinese).