Nathan Dwyer

Contributing Writer

Hydroforming | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Predicting failure in hydroforming prevent aluminum tubes: Strain variables require sophisticated analysis

March 14, 2002 | By Nathan Dwyer

This article discusses an approach to predicting failure in hydroforming prebent aluminum tubes. While strains are well researched for stamping sheet, this type of knowledge is lacking for hydroforming tubular components. Because the strains are different—prebent hydroformed tubular parts experience stress in the axial direction during bending, then in the circumferential direction during hydroforming—new methods for predicting failures are necessary. Researching these methods adds to the knowledge base of hydroforming, helping the technology gain further acceptance in manfacturing.

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