Ring Hoop Tension Test (RHTT): A Test for Transverse Tensile Properties of Tubular Materials

    Volume 30, Issue 5 (September 2002)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Page Count: 10


    Wang, H
    Materials Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

    Bouchard, R
    Materials Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

    Eagleson, R
    Materials Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

    Martin, P
    Materials Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

    Tyson, WR
    Materials Technology Laboratory, CANMET, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

    (Received 18 June 2001; accepted 3 April 2002)

    Abstract

    Tube hydroforming has been receiving increasing attention, particularly for making automotive components. In this process, tubular metal pats are formed within a die cavity by forcing pressurized fluid inside so that the part expands into its final shape in a die. Process control requires an improved knowledge of mechanical properties in the transverse direction of tubular products. Several laboratory tests have been used to evaluate tube properties. One test method that has been used for zirconium alloy cladding tubes in the nuclear industry is the ring test, in which an expansion force is applied from inside the ring by separating two die inserts. In the present work, this test method is adapted to determine the hoop stress-strain curve of tubular materials. The new protocol allows measurement of the tensile properties without altering those properties in specimen preparation, which occurs using the conventional flattened strip tensile test. This paper presents the new test and data analysis procedure, along with typical data for a commercial steel hydroforming tube.


    Paper ID: JTE12328J

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE12328J

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    Title Ring Hoop Tension Test (RHTT): A Test for Transverse Tensile Properties of Tubular Materials
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