- Conference date: 18-20 April 2007
- Location: Zaragoza (Spain)
Coupling Finite Element (FEM) simulations to mathematical optimisation techniques provides a high potential to improve industrial metal forming processes. In order to optimise these processes, all kind of optimisation problems need to be mathematically modelled and subsequently solved using an appropriate optimisation algorithm. Although the modelling part greatly determines the final outcome of optimisation, the main focus in most publications until now was on the solving part of mathematical optimisation, i.e. algorithm development. Modelling is generally performed in an arbitrary way.
In this paper, we propose an optimisation strategy for metal forming processes using FEM. It consists of three stages: a structured methodology for modelling optimisation problems, screening for design variable reduction, and a generally applicable optimisation algorithm. The strategy is applied to solve manufacturing problems for an industrial deep drawing process.
- Finite element methods
- Element formation
- Field emission microscopy
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