Hydroforming isn't as mysterious as it seems. This technology area is full of articles, including case studies, on hydroforming sheet metal and tubular sections.
January 24, 2002 | By Klaus Vollrath
This article examines hydroforming in Germany, focusing on the advancement of the technology. It specifically discusses growing automotive uses, a new type of hydroforming press, material quality requirements, cost factors, new testing methods, and simulation software.
January 10, 2002 | By T.R. Balmer
This article relates how a Florida-based company used hydroforming to produce titanium housings for implantable pumps for a Massachusetts-based manufacturer.
January 10, 2002 | By Dr. Ghafoor Khodayari
The bending characteristics of a tube depend on the material it is made of. Exceeding the allowable limits of this deformation results in unusable parts. The author relates his company's examination and comparison of the bending of two different seamless, extruded tubes: aluminum alloy and steel.
November 29, 2001 | By Suwat Jirathearanat
T-shapes and Y-shapes are the most commonly hydroformed exhaust system components for automobiles. This article reports on the investigation into the metal flow in Y-shape hydroforming by the Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing (ERC/NSM) at The Ohio State University, which conducted several experiments using the tooling available at the SPS research center in Aalen, Germany.
November 15, 2001 | By Daniel Hunter
This article examines two transitions that are occurring in the automotive industry—the change from stamping to hydroforming, and the substitution of aluminum where steel was used previously.
October 25, 2001 | By Gary Morphy
Hydroforming the parts in a vehicle structure can be of immense benefit on several counts, as a review of a recent project at the author's company can attest.
August 16, 2001 | By Harry Singh
The list of applications for hydroforming with end feeding is growing all the time. Maybe you should check into how this technology could benefit your operation.
July 12, 2001 | By Kevin Webb
You can use several strategies for starting a hydroforming operation on a limited budget. Review your alternatives for selecting a press, fluid intensification system, and developing the tooling necessary for your operation before you take the plunge.
A typical tube hydroforming system is shown in Figure 1. Within this system, a host of factors must be taken into account, from starting tube geometry and material properties to the quality of the final part (such as thickness distribution and dimensional accuracy).
Recent advances at the University of Stuttgart and acfross the industry have opened doors for hydroforming all kinds of materials and shapes.
March 5, 2001 | By Mustafa Ahmetoglu
Many factors come into play when attempting to execute a production hydroforming operation, among them material selection, friction and lubricants, tube bending and preforming, and equipment. Many companies in the automotive sector are experiencing great success with the process, which can reduce weight, overall costs, and the number of parts per vehicle.
February 19, 2001 | By Reimund Neugebauer
Simulation is used in the hydroforming process to replace the experimental investigation and tests required in a real tryout process.
February 19, 2001 | By Gary Morphy
Pressure-sequence hydroforming can form complex parts as well as forming most ductile metals, including high-strength, low-alloy, and stainless steels with sharper corners, thick-walled tube, and other difficult features.