Volume 9, 2022
|Number of page(s)||14|
|Published online||01 July 2022|
Deep drawing of a rectangular cup with a small radius at the bottom circular arc by employing a locally-thickened plate
School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Xinyu University, Xinyu 338004, China
2 State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430074, China
3 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hubei University of Automotive Technology, Shiyan 442002, China
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Accepted: 24 May 2022
A rectangular cup with a small radius at the bottom circular arc is a common sheet metal structure in aerospace components. However, when aluminum alloy plates are used for deep drawing of this type of rectangular cups, the wall thickness around the bottom circular arc is severely decreased. Hence, in this paper, locally-thickened plates were adopted for deep drawing of aluminum alloy rectangular cups with a relatively small radius at the bottom circular arc. The effect of thickening parameters of a locally-thickened plate on the radius at the bottom circular arc and the forming load was investigated by employing finite element simulations and deep drawing experiments. The results indicate that a smaller radius at the bottom circular arc is obtained by increasing the angle or reducing the thickness of the thickened convex rib of a plate. Moreover, the aforementioned is achieved when the side length of the thickened convex rib is equal to the punch width. The forming load is closely related to the thickening parameters of a locally-thickened plate. A small radius of 5 mm at the bottom circular arc was successfully obtained by optimizing the thickening parameters. Furthermore, the forming load during the deep drawing was significantly reduced.
Key words: Locally-thickened plate / deep drawing / rectangular cup / aluminum alloy / small radius
© J. Li et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2022
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