On-line measurement of contact pressure distribution (CPD) at the tool-workpiece interface during sheet metal stamping processes plays a critical role in tool wear and product quality monitoring and control. Realizing such measurement poses a significant challenge, due to the severe operating conditions at the contact interface. Since the number of sensors that can be integrated into a tooling structure is limited by concerns of structural integrity, a mathematical framework is needed for estimating the contact pressure distribution measured by sparse sensors. This paper investigates a new technique termed the Spatial Blending Functions (SBF), which provides an improved estimate of the contact pressure distribution by merging measurements from tooling-embedded sensors with simulation results from Finite Element modeling. The effectiveness of the SBF-based merging technique is demonstrated for the case of a panel stamping operation through Finite Element simulations and experiments performed on a stamping press with a tooling-integrated sensing system. Analysis of the results demonstrates that the SBF-based CPD estimation is more accurate than classic numeric surface interpolation methods, thus enhances contact pressure distribution estimation for stamping process monitoring.
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Spatial Blending Functions for Improved Estimation of Contact Pressure Distribution at the Tool-Workpiece Interface
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Sah, S, Gao, RX, & Kurp, T. "Spatial Blending Functions for Improved Estimation of Contact Pressure Distribution at the Tool-Workpiece Interface." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference. ASME 2010 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, Volume 2. Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. October 12–15, 2010. pp. 459-466. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2010-34107
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