Application of Fem-Based Modeling of Open-Die Forging to Product and Process Development at Bethforge, Inc.

    Published: Jan 1997

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    This paper describes a FEM-based computer system implemented by BethForge to model the open-Die forging process and its application to product and process development. A brief overview of BethForge, the markets it serves, and the typical product development cycle is given. Alternative methods for modeling open-Die forging are discussed and the advantages offered by FEM techniques due to recent advances in computer hardware and software are presented. The FEM-based modeling system that BethForge has developed in partnership with the Lehigh University Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory (LU-CIM) and UES, Inc. is described along with the associated modeling methodologies. Several case studies are presented including 2D-axisymmetric simulation of head-forming, punch-forming, upsetting, and back extrusion, and the 3D simulation of ingot cogging.


    finite element method, open die forging, computer modeling, product and process development, FEM modeling, CAD modeling

    Author Information:

    Reese, W
    Forging Engineer, BethForge Inc., Bethlehem, PA

    Ronemus, DC
    Process Modeling Engineer, BethForge Inc., Bethlehem, PA

    Huang, K
    Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

    Zimmers, EW
    Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

    Veerabadran, T
    Senior Engineer, UES Inc., Dayton, OH

    Committee/Subcommittee: A01.13

    DOI: 10.1520/STP16603S

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