3-D Finite Element Simulation of Pulsating T-Shape Hydroforming of Tubes
The effect of oscillation of internal pressure on the formability and shape accuracy of the products in a pulsating hydroforming process of T-shaped parts was examined by finite element simulation. The local thinning was prevented by oscillating the internal pressure. The filling ratio of the die cavity and the symmetrical degree of the filling was increased by the oscillation of pressure. The calculated deforming shape and the wall thickness are in good agreement with the experimental ones. It was found that pulsating hydroforming is useful in improving the formability and shape accuracy in the T-shape hydroforming operation.
N. Ohno and T. Uehara
M. Loh-Mousavi et al., "3-D Finite Element Simulation of Pulsating T-Shape Hydroforming of Tubes", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 340-341, pp. 353-358, 2007