Construction of next-generation superplastic forming using additive manufacturing and numerical techniques

Michal Mis, Richard Hall, Julian Spence, Nwabueze Emekwuru, Kevin Kibble, Mark Stanford, Fahd Banakhr

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    The superplastic forming process is used in a wide range of high-value-added manufacturing sectors to make lightweight, complex-shaped components for high-performance applications. Currently, it is a high-cost process, for example, the superplastic forming of titanium alloys involves a high-temperature furnace, costly (mould) tooling and has a high utilization of resources such as argon gas and energy. The authors of this article propose a prototype for next-generation superplastic forming laboratory equipment. The aim is to develop improved methods, particularly for heat management in the superplastic forming process, to allow a more widespread application of the process to manufacture lower cost products. The next-generation superplastic forming tool comprises a tool in the form of a hemispherical shell, pressure chamber with incorporated water cooling system and an infrared heating system. The construction, usability and suitability of the next-generation superplastic forming equipment have been proven by a series of physical experiments, and numerical simulations are performed and the results are presented and discussed in this article.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)154-165
    Number of pages12
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
    Issue number1
    Early online date24 Jun 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019

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    • experimental setup
    • heat management
    • model
    • optimization
    • process
    • radiation
    • simulation
    • Superplastic forming
    • Ti6-4

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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