Part accuracy improvement in two point incremental forming with a partial die using a model predictive control algorithm

Lu, Haibo, Kearney, Michael, Wang, Chenhao, Liu, Sheng and Meehan, Paul A. (2017) Part accuracy improvement in two point incremental forming with a partial die using a model predictive control algorithm. Precision Engineering, 49 179-188. doi:10.1016/j.precisioneng.2017.02.006


Author Lu, Haibo
Kearney, Michael
Wang, Chenhao
Liu, Sheng
Meehan, Paul A.
Title Part accuracy improvement in two point incremental forming with a partial die using a model predictive control algorithm
Journal name Precision Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-6359
1873-2372
Publication date 2017-02-14
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.precisioneng.2017.02.006
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Start page 179
End page 188
Total pages 10
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract As a flexible forming technology, Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF) is a promising alternative to traditional sheet forming processes in small-batch or customised production but suffers from low part accuracy in terms of its application in the industry. The ISF toolpath has direct influences on the geometric accuracy of the formed part since the part is formed by a simple tool following the toolpath. Based on the basic structure of a simple Model Predictive Control (MPC) algorithm designed for Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) in our previous work Lu et al. (2015) [1] that only dealt with the toolpath correction in the vertical direction, an enhanced MPC algorithm has been developed specially for Two Point Incremental Forming (TPIF) with a partial die in this work. The enhanced control algorithm is able to correct the toolpath in both the vertical and horizontal directions. In the newly-added horizontal control module, intensive profile points in the evenly distributed radial directions of the horizontal section were used to estimate the horizontal error distribution along the horizontal sectional profile during the forming process. The toolpath correction was performed through properly adjusting the toolpath in two directions based on the optimised toolpath parameters at each step. A case study for forming a non-axisymmetric shape was conducted to experimentally validate the developed toolpath correction strategy. Experiment results indicate that the two-directional toolpath correction approach contributes to part accuracy improvement in TPIF compared with the typical TPIF process that is without toolpath correction.
Keyword Geometric accuracy
Model predictive control
Toolpath correction
Two point incremental forming
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