Abstract

The hydroforming technology, which is rapidly gaining popularity in the sheet metal and tube forming industry is reviewed. The features and the characteristics of the hydroforming process are described. The uniformly distributed fluid pressure covers the back side of the sheet as a die generates many advantages in the technical point of view as improving the part surface quality, reducing the forming severity and smoothing the thickness distribution. The benefits of using hydroforming technology are examined and analyzed in a technical level. The better part quality, less cost of tooling, materials saving and part weight reduction can be achieved using the hydroforming technology. The design methodologies for the hydroforming process parameters are reviewed and discussed in a certain detail. Computer-aided-engineering such as finite element simulation is suggested for such process parameter design.

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