Fabrication of Faucet Using Hydroforming and Bending Processing
This research aims at the development of faucet using the techniques of hydroforming and bending. In this study, a tube made from stainless steel SUS 304 is used. Finite element model, including tube, dies and punches, are established using a commercial code LS-DYNA. Tensile test is used to obtain the material properties especially in true stress-strain curve. Piecewise linear plasticity model is used to simulate the plastic deformation of material during the forming process. The initial internal pressure is designed by using the theory of thick-walled cylinder subjecting to internal pressure only. Simulation is first used to find the optimal loading conditions for hydroforming and bending forming. Experiment is then performed to fabricate the prototype of faucets using the simulated loading parameters. The results show that good correlation of the distributed thickness and profile dimension between simulation and experiment are obtained.
Yeong-Maw Hwang and Cho-Pei Jiang
H. W. Hu et al., "Fabrication of Faucet Using Hydroforming and Bending Processing", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 626, pp. 293-300, 2015