Design considerations for HFQ® hot stamped aluminium structural panels
1 Impression Technologies Ltd., Regus, Central Boulevard, Blythe Valley Business Park, Solihull B90 8AG, UK
2 Imperial College, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ, UK
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HFQ is a deep drawing process for alloyed aluminium sheet that can be used to produce complex-stamped forms while maintaining the high-strength of 6xxx and 7xxx alloys. By adopting a strategy to design for HFQ at the platform level, designers can reduce part count (thereby reducing cost and weight), reduce gauge (thereby reducing weight), and improve part packaging. Two simple design examples are given to assist designers in evolving traditionally formed panel designs to HFQ formed solutions. Example features are used to illustrate the effect of geometry, thickness and strength on the final structural component.
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