Optimization of a Tube Hydroforming Process

Hydroforming is an emerging technology that meshes well with the automotive industry's drive to achieve part reduction and more efficient use of material. Using finite element analysis methods in conjunction with automated design optimization procedures, this application brief demonstrates that optimal hydroforming process parameters can be determined very efficiently. In the present study, a 55% increase in expansion of a circular blank in a square die was achieved with HEEDS Professional compared to manual optimization. 
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