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Virtual Intelligent Forging - CA

Final Report Summary - VIF CA (Virtual Intelligent Forging - CA)

Forging and related metal forming processes are key industrial technologies since they are required to produce economically many highly reliable parts. Over the last decades, these industrial processes have been improved through many RTD projects in materials science, mechanical engineering and more recently in numerical simulation. The goal of the project was to gather and analyse this scattered knowledge in order to solve some industrial problems and to incorporate into industrial practices the advances in virtual production, supply chain and life-cycle management. The strategy was to create a forging knowledge community through several scientific, technological, training and educational activities. These activities were designed to:
- Identify current industrial and societal needs, analyse and use the existing knowledge to solve these problems.
- Define, validate and use reference benchmarks for virtual process simulations and materials testing.
- Create an e-Forging environment.
- Determine the needs for material data and define a blueprint for an e-Database.
- Design a structure for the virtual integration of process simulations from raw materials to product design.
- Promote transversal educational programmes and a roadmap for an e-learning forging platform.
- Organise workshops for gathering the current necessary knowledge and disseminate the results of the project.
- Promote programmes for mobility of researchers, students and industrial staff.

The Deliverables included:
- A list of industrial and societal needs in the field of forming and related forming activities, which could be used to construct new research projects, and to identify and meet industrial and societal goals.
- Projects for an e-Database and an e-learning platform, which provide blue prints in these fields.
- Cold and hot forming benchmarks for process simulations and materials testing, which could be used as reference cases.
- An e-Book of forging, a reference document for educational or communication purposes.
- A structure for a virtual supply chain and a validated test case.
- Pedagogical analyses for forging activities.
- Curricula experimented through two ViF-University one-week sessions.
- A large number of seminars, workshops and conferences proceedings.
- Available exchange programs for students and academics.