Impression Technologies Technical Papers
At Impression Technologies, we take great pride in the accomplishments of our experts here, many of whom have gone on to publish their own research. These published works seek to expand our understanding of HFQ® Technology and the benefits of lightweighting aluminium.
Throughout the coming weeks, we will be releasing more technical papers from our experts, so check back regularly for more informative content!
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Advances in FEM Simulation of HFQ® AA6082 tailor welded blanks for automotive applications
This paper delves into advances in FEM simulations specific to HFQ® AA6082 tailor welded blanks (TWBs) for automotive applications, shedding light on their growing importance in the pursuit of more efficient and sustainable vehicles. It also covers using HFQ® Technology when forming AA6082 TWBs, presenting the use of Continuum Damage Mechanics (CDM) to accurately predict the forming of an automotive tailor welded cross member panel.
Influencing parameters on the onset of galling during hot forming of aluminium
With HFQ® Technology paving the way for the lightweighting of aluminium, this paper explores what happens regarding influencing the parameters of galling during the HFQ® process. We delve into a comprehensive analysis of the key factors and variables that influence the initiation of galling in aluminium hot forming, providing valuable insights into strategies for enhancing process reliability and product quality in high-temperature metal forming operations.
Microstructure and properties of aluminium alloy 6082 formed by the Hot Form Quench process
During a process development trial, two identical structural automotive parts were formed from a rolled sheet of commercial 6082 Al alloy by Hot Form Quench (HFQ®). This paper focuses on the microstructures of each part when aged at different temperatures, providing valuable insights into the transformative capabilities of this cutting-edge manufacturing technique in shaping the future of aluminium alloy applications.
Optimisation of hot strip drawing test methodology for hot forming of aluminium alloys
This study covers the tribology test methodology used in the hot strip drawing method, focusing on the lubricant application methodology, to improve the reproducibility of tribological tests. Here we can address the challenges and opportunities associated with this process to enhance the understanding and control of material behaviour during high-temperature deformation processes.
Process optimisation and robustness analysis for HFQ® process
In this paper, the process parameters of the HFQ® process are closely analysed using AutoForm-Sigma solver. This way, we gain a greater insight into the thermal expansion of aluminium when compared with steel, shedding light on the intricate interplay of variables and factors that influence its efficiency and reliability.