1994-03-01

An Industrial Application of Sheet Metal Forming Simulation 940756

A simulation study is described which aided the planning of an industrial sheet metal forming process for the manufacture of an automotive suspension housing. Various alternative process designs were evaluated using an explicit finite element technique. The simulation results suggested that the component would have to be drawn in two stages, which was successfully applied in production. Subsequent trials confirmed the predictions of the simulations and are also presented in the paper.

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