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Comparative of parameters in the forging process by different application load.

1. Introduction

In this work, the behaviour to the workpiece has been determined under conditions of load similar which take place in compression forming processes. In this study, the alloy AA 6082-T6 (UNS A96082) has been employed. This alloy is used in the forming processes under conditions of plastic deformation such as forging (Bariani, et al., 2004). The workpieces have been subjected to open a die forging process. The study has been carried out through two different manners of applied the load. In first case, the load has been applied the continuous manner until a value of specific load. In the other test, the workpiece has been formed by means of incremental loads until to reach a value in particular.

In the analyses, stress--strain and roughness in the contact surface are obtained. In previous carried studies (Altan, et al., 2005) have been shown that stress--strain curve of a material depends on the friction between the contact surfaces, the strain rate and temperature of the test (Fereshteh-Saniee, et al., 2004; Forcellese, et al., 1994; Wang & Ramaekers, 1996). This last parameter is considered when the test is carried out at high temperatures where the material has a different behaviour in the ranges of phase change. In this work, all tests have been carried to room temperature. Also, it has been shown that when the test is performed the test to room temperature, the strain rate almost no influences (Altan, et al., 1983).

The tests have been carried out to room temperature hence temperature and strain rate no influence in the process. In the analysis, the plate speed of the testing machine has been remained to 2,5 mm/min for all the tests carried. Therefore, under these conditions in the performed tests, the most influential parameter is the friction. To reduce the effect of friction on the test has been applied the Bulge Correction Factor Method (BCFM) (Fereshteh-Saniee & Fatehi-Sichani, 2006). In all cases, a graphite-based lubricant has been used between the contact surfaces.

The roughness in contact surface between the top surface of the workpiece and plate of testing machine is other considered parameter. The reached roughness in the process the open die forging has been measured. The workpieces have different geometries where the diameter is remained constant and its height has been changing (Marin, 2011).

Finally, the obtained results have been compared considering the different manners of to apply the load in the open die forging process.

2. Methodology

In this study, some tests are carried out in open die forging process. To achieve the tests are chosen a test compression universal machine, model HD-D as it is shown in the figure 1a. The workpieces are submitted to an uniaxial compression load. This load is caused by two plane plates on opposite sides, as it is seen in the figure 1b.


During the carrying out of the forging processes, the contact surfaces of the workpiece are covered with lubricant. The used lubricant is graphite. In all carried out tests, such in continuous compression as in incremental compression, the test finishes when the compression load achieves the value of the 90 kN.

The forces and the changes in height of the workpiece are gotten throughout the tests. The stress--strain curves are obtained after to carry out an analytical process with values of the forces and heights.

One of the parameters than the most influence in a forging process is the friction. When the compression load is applied, the workpiece begins to deform. once above the elastic behavior of the material, the workpiece is deformed uniformly. In this portion of the deformation, when the height is reduced, the area increases uniformly along the same. In this case, the stress and strain are calculated directly.

Compression process advances and at some point, the workpiece is not uniformly deformed appearing the geometry of the barreled specimen. This is caused by friction between the contact surfaces. The friction does not allow the contact surfaces slide freely causing the curvature in the free surfaces (Kopp & Wiegels, 1999; Altan, et al., 1983). In this moment is not so easy to calculate the stress and strains. To solve this problem, it is used a correction factor of the curve (Fereshteh-Saniee & Fatehi-Sichani, 2006).

2.1. Bulge Correction Factor Method

This method is based on the geometry of the barreled specimen that occurs during testing (Fereshteh-Saniee & Fatehi-Sichani, 2006). In this method, a conversion factor is calculated. This factor is applied to the axial stress produced in the median plane of the specimen (barreled curve). This correction factor only depends on the geometry of the specimen.


In figure 2 shows the geometry of the specimen before and after of the test. In the figure are seen the geometric parameters of each state. To determine stress on each instant is applied a correction factor called Bulge Correction Factor, C, to the average stress achieved in the axial mid-plane of the specimen deformed. This factor is applied the average axial stress at mid-plane of the deformed specimen, [[sigma].sub.m], as shown in equation 1.

[[sigma].sub.m] = F/[pi] x [a.sup.2] (1)

where F is the instant forming load and a is the radius at the mid-plane of the deformed specimen ([d.sub.2]/2 in Fig. 2).

The relationship for the bulge correction factor is derived using an analytical procedure and based on the analysis of stress distribution at the mid-plane of the deformed sample (Ettouney & Hardt, 1983; Mielnik, 1991):

C = [[(1 - 2 x R/a) x 1n (1 - a/2x R)].sup.-1] (2)

where R is the radius barreled curve. The radius R is calculated through radius of curvature known (Horton, et al., 1959) to reach the following empirical formula

R = [h.sup.2] + [([d.sub.2] - [d.sub.1]).sup.2]/4 x ([d.sub.2] - [d.sub.1]) (3)

where [d.sub.1] is the diameter of the contact surface. This equation relates the smaller diameter and the greater diameter with final height.

Finally, the corrected flow stress is obtained applying this bulge correction factor, C, to the average axial stress at mid-plane of the deformed specimen, [[sigma].sub.m]:

[sigma] = C x [[sigma].sub.m] (4)

Its corresponding true compression strain ([epsilon]) can also be determined as follow:

[epsilon] = ln([h.sub.0]/h) (5)

To apply the bulge correction factor, in the test must be applied with the incremental forming load.

2.2. Material

The employed material has been the aluminium alloy AA 6082-T6 [UNS A96082] whose main alloying elements are magnesium and silicon. This kind of alloy has been chosen by its versatility and its high employ in manufacturing processes (Duckham & Knutsen, 1998). This alloy has an high toughness.

2.3. Geometry of the workpiece

The studied workpieces have different geometries. During of the study, the diameters remain constant while the heights have being changed. In this sense, the initial geometry of the studied workpieces have the following initial dimensions, diameter 10 mm and height of 5 mm and 10 mm, with these geometries of the workpiece are obtained a specific shape factor.


The shape factor is defined as the relationship between the initial height and initial diameter of the workpiece (Marin, 2011). In this work, it have been studied the shape factors (h/d): 0,5 and 1. In the figure 3 is shown the initial geometry of the workpieces. Everyone the geometries of the workpiece were tested by two methods, continuous compression test and incremental compression test.

2.4. Roughness

Previous to start the tests, the roughness in the top surface of the workpieces were measured. When the open die forging process finished, the roughness are measured again in the same surface. The roughness is measured along the diameter of the surface. This operation is achieved in all tests.

3. Results

The stress--strain have been obtained in the test for different geometries of the workpiece, and the results are shown in figure 4. In the figure it is represented the curves for the two methods of load application, continuous and incremental, in the workpieces with different geometries.


In the figure 4 is observed that the stress--strain curve with bulge factor correction is below on the curve obtained in continuous uniaxial compression test. The highest deformations in the workpieces are obtained during the application of the incremental forming load. This is due to each increase in the contact surfaces are lubricated, reducing the friction.

In tables 1 and 2 are shown the geometric dimensions of the tested workpieces. There is a greater height reduction in the incremental forming load process, it is obtained a lower final height. The difference between the diameter at the mid-plane and at the contact surface of the piece is less in the pieces carried out with incremental forming load. Then barreled curve is smaller in the incremental forming load process due to that the friction is lower.

During the performance of incremental forming load, it has been observed that the barreled curve is begun to form in the nearest area to the top surface of the workpiece. This happens because friction is not the same on both surfaces, there is an increased friction on the top surface (Im, et al., 2006).

In the figure 5 is shown the roughness profile on the contact surface of the initial workpiece. The roughness has been measured along the diameter of the contact surface.



In the figure 6 are shown the obtained roughness profiles in different test. They are represented the roughness profiles for different geometries workpieces in forging process. The roughness profiles are obtained with incremental forming load and continuous forming load.

The average roughness values have been obtained in the contact surface. In the table 2 is seen the values for different geometries of the workpiece in forging process with incremental forming load and continuous forming load. When the geometry workpiece no changes, it is observed that the average roughness is higher if the forming load is continuous. In the continuous forming load process, it is observed that the higher the height, the higher the average roughness. While in the incremental forming load, it is seen that the higher the height, the lower the average roughness.

4. Conclusion

In this work has carried out a comparative some parameters such the strain--stress and roughness in compression forming process. For this purpose, a workpiece has been formed through an open die forging. In this process, the load has been applied two manners. First the forming load has been applied continuous manner. Later the same process has been repeated but in this case, the forming load has been incremental manner.

It has been shown that the stress--strain are lower when the forming load is applied incremental manner. The other hand, it has been test that the average roughness is lower in incremental forming load process. Even it is shown that the higher the height, the lower the average roughness.

Therefore if it is applied an incremental forming load it is achieved a higher stress and a lower roughness. This minimizes the effect of friction allowing decrease the required energy of the compression process and the tool wear.

In future works these tests will be compared with other compression process such as the indentation process. It will be taken into account the surface roughness and different geometries of the workpiece should be considered.

5. Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain for funding this work via Project DPI2009-07300.

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Authors' data: Ass. Prof. Marin, M[arta] *; Asoc. Prof. Garcia, M[anuel] M[ale] **; Nunez, P. *; Dr. Ing. Assoc. Prof. Camacho, A[na] M[aria] *, National Distance University of Spain, Juan del Rosal, 12, 28040 Madrid, Spain, ** Department of Manufacturing Engineering UNED University Juan del Rosal 12, 28040 Madrid Spain,,,

DOI: 10.2507/daaam. scibook.2013.24
Tab. 1. Finished measurements of the workpieces made in the
incremental forming load

                                     Workpieces (mm)

                              [h.sub.0] = 5    [h.sub.0] = 10

h                                 2,53              4,22
[d.sub.1]                         14,20             15,28
[d.sub.2]                         14,38             15,72
[d.sub.2] - [d.sub.1] / 2         0,09              0,22

Tab. 2. Finished measurements of the workpieces made in the
continuous forming load

                                     Workpieces (mm)

                             [h.sub.0] = 5    [h.sub.0] = 10

h                                 2,81             4,54
[d.sub.1]                        12,93            14,20
[d.sub.2]                        13,68            15,42
[d.sub.2] - [d.sub.1] / 2         0,37             0,61

Tab. 3. Finished measurements of the workpieces made in the
incremental forming load

                                        Ra ([micro]m)

                            [h.sub.0] = 5mm    [h.sub.0] = 10mm

continuous forming load           5,8                6,14
incremental forming load          4,87               3,02
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