Numerical and experimental study of parameters affecting metal forming using rubber pads, on parts with radius of curvature



Production and preparation of many parts of the aircraft body including wings with long length, smooth form, and large radius of curvature are amongst the most important challenges in this industry. In this paper, the effective factors in the rubber pad forming method on a pieces contain curvature radius have been investigated by finite element method. The effect of variables such as curvature radius, sheet thickness, rubber pad thickness, rubber hardness, lubrication condition, spring back phenomena have been analyzed. To validate the finite elements simulation, the experimental results were compared. Then, other above-mentioned variants were studied. The obtained results indicate that there is a close differentiation between the numerical and experimental works. Moreover, the cited parameters have different effect on part quality