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This paper addresses the development of a system which will enable the optimization of an entire processing sequence for a forged part. Typically such a sequence may involve several stages and alternative routes of manufacturing a given part. It is important that such a system be optimized globally, (rather than locally, as is the current practice) in order to achieve improvements in affordability, producibility, and performance. This paper demonstrates the development of a simplified forging model, discussion techniques for searching and reducing a very large design space, and an objective function to evaluate the cost of a design sequence.
Forging, Optimization, Machining, Simplified Models
Research Associate, Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Director, Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Wright Laboratories Materials Directorate, Wright Patterson AFB, OH