Wrinkling behavior in tube hydroforming coupled with internal and external pressure
1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 150001 Harbin, China
2 National Key Laboratory of Precision Hot Processing of Metals, Harbin Institute of Technology, 150001 Harbin, China
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Control and use of wrinkles is a challenge in tube hydroforming because wrinkle was always considered as one of the defects of tubes from the traditional view. In this paper, a dedicated experimental setup was designed and manufactured, using which the investigation of wrinkling behavior coupled with internal and external pressure can be realized. The effect of internal or external pressure on 5A02 aluminum alloy tubes and 0Cr18Ni9 stainless steel tubes were all investigated using this setup. It was found that the number and shape of wrinkles are strongly dependent on the internal or external pressure. More important is that the geometrical configuration of wrinkles can be perfectly characterized using the Gauss function rather than the sine function adopted in the published literature. In addition, the fitted Gauss functions for every wrinkle were integrated in order to compare their area with the corresponding area of die cavity, so as to obtain the appropriate process parameters for the useful wrinkle, which can be formed in advance and then flatted in the calibration stage.
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