Scott Thibodeau


Hydroforming | Articles | The Tube & Pipe Journal

Achieving aluminum's mass at steel's cost

September 11, 2007 | By Scott Thibodeau, Tanya Weber-Bateman

Tube traditionally is produced with a constant wall thickness, leaving design engineers stuck with designing tubular parts and unable to optimize them. A tube with variable wall thickness changes all that. This technology allows design engineers to specify the wall thickness in various areas of a tubular component—increasing the wall thickness in bend regions to prevent splitting and decreasing wall thickness elsewhere to reduce part weight.

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