Explosive Forming of Aerospace Components
TNO DEFENCE SECURITY AND SAFETY RIJSWIJK (NETHERLANDS)
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Results are presented of the development of explosive forming technology for metal sheets and plates. Explosive forming is labor intensive, but requires only single-sided tooling it can be used economically for small series of hard to deform metals, like nickel, titanium and aluminum alloys, that are generally used in aerospace applications. As the alloys can be formed in their hardened tempered condition, the formed components do not need a heat-treatment afterwards at which deformations generally occur. Plate velocity calculations and measurements can be used for engineering calculations. Examples are given of aerospace parts of aluminum and nickel alloys for process development and the fabrication of demonstrators.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems