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An innovative design methodology in sheet metal forming

The principal aim of this research is to create a sound basis for a fully computer aided design (CAD) integrated industrial numerical simulation, design and analysis code, and a methodology which permits more cost effective and faster execution, optimisation and rational tooling design for complete industrial sheet metal forming processes.

The major achievements to date include:
the characterisation of sheet metal material with respect to the most relevant physical phenomenon encountered in sheet metal forming (anisotropic, plasticity, friction, etc);
the development of a simulation code (PAM STAMP) capable of simulating sheet metal forming processes;
the validation of the code versus experiments carried out by the industrial partner or benchmark cases.

These results are finding new areas of application such as hydroforming, thermoforming, stamping on elastomeric cushions, thick sheets, extrusion and rolling, where new products are currently available.

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