Sheet metal incremental forming is a technique where the sheet is formed into the final piece by a series of small incremental deformations. It eliminates the die in the forming process, enabling rapid prototyping and low-volume manufacturing with low cost. The student will have the opportunity to use FEA software (Abaqus/Ansys) to simulate the process and develop a reduced-order model describing the process, further contributing to the trajectory generation and control of the incremental forming process.
The applicant will use simulation software (Abaqus/Ansys) to model the deformation in the single- or multiple-point sheet metal forming process. The applicants will also exploit their knowledge of continuous mechanics and structural analysis to formulate a reduced-order model. With the reduced-order model, the student is expected to develop advanced trajectory generation methods of the incremental forming process with enhanced accuracy and efficiency.
During this project, the applicants are expected to (1) master the FEA simulation software Abaqus/Ansys in the simulation of nonlinear deformation, (2) apply knowledge of continuous mechanics, structural mechanics, trajectory generation, and reduce-order modeling in practical industrial applications, (3) train problem-solving capability and creativity in solving the research problems, (4) gain practical experiences with CNC machine and forming process.