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Finite element modelling of deformation processing of composites and anisotropic metals

The overall objective of this fundamental research programme is to develop computer based finite element (FE) modelling tools for forging and sheet forming of anisotropic materials (metals and composites).

The research so far has yielded:
material characterisation: yield stress data and initial texture measurements have been made for various steel and aluminium alloys. Test specimens have been prepared for trials involving flat rolling of wire, slab rolling, cup drawing and forging;
theoretical work and computer implementation: all the theoretical work is complete and the new anisotropic FE plasticity code has been tested against simple isotropic, anisotropic and multimaterial benchmarks.

The economic potential of this work is high but it requires to be transferred to industry.

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