Structural Modeling of Profiled Edge Laminate (PEL) Tools Using the Finite Element Method

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Jeremy T. Shook, Daniel F. Walczyk

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Nuclear Engineering, Jonsson Engineering Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590E-mail: walczd@rpi.edu

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 126(1), 64-73 (Mar 18, 2004) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1645874 History: Received September 01, 2003; Online March 18, 2004
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Schematics of (a) an unclamped Profiled-Edge Laminate (PEL) tool, (b) possible features of an individual laminate clamped in a fixture, and (c) a completely clamped PEL tool
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Flowchart for the PEL Tooling Development and Fabrication Process
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Schematic showing the general structural behavior of a PEL tool
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Components of a Structural Load on a PEL Tool Loading
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Differences in FEM gap element creation
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Increase in effective lateral stiffness of FEM model due to the introduction of gap elements
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Schematic of an adhesively bonded PEL tool
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PEL tool structural test setup
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CAD Model (side view) of PEL test tool used for FEM analysis
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Free Body Diagram of Hinged Pressure Plate
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Traction Forces Applied on PEL Test Tool
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Simplified FEM model of aluminum PEL test tool mounted in a stiff steel cradle
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Displacement Contours for Structural Clamped Model
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Displacement Contours for Structural Bonded Model
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Example of a 3-D PEL tool used for hydroforming




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