Technical Papers

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.

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.

Hot Form Quench Enables Complex, Lightweight Structures in High Strength Aluminium

This paper explores the unparalleled capabilities of the HFQ® process in unlocking the full potential of high-strength aluminium, thereby ushering in a new era of advanced engineering, innovative design, and sustainable manufacturing. Through an in-depth examination of the HFQ® process, this paper aims to elucidate its pivotal role in shaping the future of lightweight, high-strength aluminium structures across diverse industrial domains.

Hot Form Quench (HFQ® Technology) – the new international standard for cost-effective automotive light-weighting

The pursuit of cost-effective lightweighting solutions in the automotive industry has become increasingly important in the face of stringent emissions regulations and the growing demand for fuel efficiency. In this white paper, we take an in-depth exploration into HFQ® Technology, elucidating its pivotal role in revolutionising the automotive industry by providing an efficient and sustainable approach to utilising aluminium to produce lightweight, yet structurally robust automotive components.