Predictive Modelling of the Incremental Sheet Forming Process (2010–2013)
This project investigates fundamental analytical and experimental aspects of the new but highly nonlinear process of incremental forming of flat sheet (ISF) to complex 3D shaped product. ISF is an extremely flexible process using only 1 tool for an infinite variety of shapes with great potential for production of short runs of new or replacements parts such as aircraft panelling. It's potential is presently inhibited by a lack of model-based predictive understanding for design of manufacture. The primary outcome will be an innovative
modelling tool that will form the kernel of design software to facilitate operators to balance and optimise output quality, productivity, energy consumption, product change-over times and develop new products.