Size effect in gas forming a hot-bent AA5xxx V-shaped trough trimmed for an airplane strakelet skin panel

Shyong Lee, Jung Sung Tang, Chun Lin Chu

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Abstract

Superplastic forming or gas forming is favorable method for the manufacture of sheet metal for making airplane skin panels. However, a major challenge in applying this method is controlling the thickness distribution in the formed product. Here, we explore a hot-bending-assisted process for gas forming of a deep trough with a complex shape for use in airplane wings. We propose the deliberate arrangement of wrinkles to achieve uniform thickness distribution. Because full-scale experiments are costly, sub-scale specimens are preferred for collecting experimental data. In linking sub-scale data to full-scale manufacturing, the size effect on wrinkle formation sites is important. The cause of the pre-form contour and larger-size specimen could be the greater variations in contour modes due to plastic buckling during the pre-forming stage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2747-2752
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Volume86
Issue number9-12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Gas forming
  • Hot-bending-assisted gas forming
  • Plastic buckling
  • Superplastic forming

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