Numerical and experimental investigation of fatigue life in deep drawn parts

Aytekin, Oğuz
Sheet metal forming has an important place among metal forming processes. As the usage of sheet metal increases, the fatigue simulation and optimization of these parts become more important. This thesis study examines the change of the fatigue life of a sheet metal part after forming. A sphere-like shape is deep drawn and change in thickness and residual stresses are analyzed. To understand the effect of residual stresses, deep drawn parts with and without residual stress tested against the fatigue failure. In parallel, the forming process is simulated with an implicit finite element method (FEM). The success of forming simulation is discussed in the study. Thickness changes and residual stresses calculated with FEM are included in computer aided fatigue analysis. The effect of thickness changes is examined with the results of FEM analysis. The effectiveness of the whole simulation process is discussed by comparing the outputs of experiments and computational analysis.


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Citation Formats
O. Aytekin, “Numerical and experimental investigation of fatigue life in deep drawn parts,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2006.