Prediction of Variation in Dimensional Tolerance Due to Sheet Metal Hydroforming using Finite Element Analysis 2006-01-2388
This study presents the prediction of the dimensional variation of holes due to sheet metal bending using the hydroforming technique. Sheet metal with pre-drilled holes was evaluated for a bending operation using a hydroforming technique. Sheet metal with a variety of thicknesses, bending radii, and bending angles was evaluated. Variation in the dimensional tolerance due to the bending was attained using the minimum radial separation method. A dataset of dimensional variation in the holes was developed and used for development of the artificial neural network, which was able to predict the dimensional variation of the hole if an unknown pattern of inputs was provided.