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Formability analysis on the process of multi-point forming for titanium alloy retiary sheet

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The multi-point forming (MPF) process of spherical surface parts of titanium alloy retiary sheet and titanium alloy sheet metal with different thickness and curvature radius was simulated by an explicit finite element software. Contradistinctive analysis between retiary sheet and sheet metal forming parts with different modes were done. The simulation results show that under the same forming conditions, titanium alloy retiary sheet is not easy to wrinkle and springback, whereas it is easy to form. The reason for differences in the formability of above-mentioned sheet metal is also analyzed. A non-wrinkling limited graph and a fracture critical graph for spherical surface parts of retiary metal sheet and metal sheet were obtained. Finally a forming test of titanium alloy cranial prosthesis was done in MPF press. Testing results indicate the customized 3D curved surface of prosthesis can be adequately shaped and the forming quality was guaranteed.

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Fuxing, T., Mingzhe, L., Zhongyi, C. et al. Formability analysis on the process of multi-point forming for titanium alloy retiary sheet. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 41, 1059–1065 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-008-1548-8

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  • Multi-point forming
  • Formability
  • Titanium alloy retiary sheet
  • Sheet metal
  • Numerical simulation