The development of Hot Stretch Forming (HSF) by the Cyril Bath Company was in response to airframe designers needing to use Titanium airframe components in new commercial aircraft. Many of the airframe component structures are designed to fit against the inside radius of the fuselage curvature. By combining traditional stretch forming technology with hot titanium forming techniques, the HSF guarantees a saving in material and machining time, which are two serious cost issues for today's aircraft manufacturers. In addition, the process allows for consistent quality in a productively efficient manner, assuring the sustainable attainment of delivery and build schedules. The HSF is an innovative process on the cutting edge of the technologies, so focused research is needed in order to better understand this technology and develop new applications for this process. in this paper the HSF process is investigated: The machine and the different steps that characterized the process were described and the results of a preliminary experimental campaign was discussed focusing the attention on the metallurgical aspect. Moreover a modeling of the process was executed in order to study the stresses and strains undergone by the material among the deformation.

Hot Stretch Forming of a Titanium Alloy Component for Aeronautic: Mechanical and Modeling

ASTARITA, ANTONELLO;ARMENTANI, ENRICO;PARADISO, VALENTINO;SCHERILLO, Fabio;SQUILLACE, ANTONINO;VELOTTI, CARLA
2013

Abstract

The development of Hot Stretch Forming (HSF) by the Cyril Bath Company was in response to airframe designers needing to use Titanium airframe components in new commercial aircraft. Many of the airframe component structures are designed to fit against the inside radius of the fuselage curvature. By combining traditional stretch forming technology with hot titanium forming techniques, the HSF guarantees a saving in material and machining time, which are two serious cost issues for today's aircraft manufacturers. In addition, the process allows for consistent quality in a productively efficient manner, assuring the sustainable attainment of delivery and build schedules. The HSF is an innovative process on the cutting edge of the technologies, so focused research is needed in order to better understand this technology and develop new applications for this process. in this paper the HSF process is investigated: The machine and the different steps that characterized the process were described and the results of a preliminary experimental campaign was discussed focusing the attention on the metallurgical aspect. Moreover a modeling of the process was executed in order to study the stresses and strains undergone by the material among the deformation.
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