In this paper, material processing simulation is carried out using a meshfree method. The domain of the workpiece is discretized using the Lagrangian Reproducing Kernel Particle Method (RKPM) where no external meshes are used. The meshfree method is formulated for elasto-plastic material model as well as rigid-plastic model. For elasto-plastic model, a finite plasticity theory is formulated based on the multiplicative decomposition to handle large deformation problems. A rigid-plastic material model is also employed using flow formulation based on the assumption that elastic effects are insignificant in the metal forming operation. A comparative study between elasto-plastic and rigid-plastic RKPM methods was conducted to demonstrate consistency of the results from elasto-plastic and rigid-plastic simulations for a metal forming application.

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