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Study on Spinning Process of a Thin-Walled Aluminum Alloy Vessel Head With Small Ratio of Thickness to Diameter

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Yanqiu Zhang1

Engineering Training Center, Harbin Engineering University, Heilongjiang Province, Harbin 150001, P. R. Chinazhangyanqiu0924@sina.com

Debin Shan, Wenchen Xu, Yan Lv

School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 435, Heilongjiang Province, Harbin 150001, P. R. China


Corresponding author.

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 132(1), 014504 (Feb 03, 2010) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4000930 History: Received February 01, 2008; Revised December 22, 2009; Published February 03, 2010; Online February 03, 2010

The thin-walled vessel head with the ratio of thickness to diameter less than 3‰ has long been considered to be difficult to be spun because wrinkling is very likely to occur during the thin-walled vessel head spinning process when the thickness is far smaller than the diameter. Based on process experiments and finite element method, the spinning failure of thin-walled vessel head with a small ratio of thickness to diameter is analyzed in the present research. The mechanism of wrinkling is identified and some effective solutions are discussed to prevent the failure. The results show that the feed ratio, the blank geometry, and the roller trajectory are the main factors influencing the spinning qualities. In the shear spinning, the feasible roller feed ratio is found to be within a very small range because of the thin thickness of blanks. Wrinkling will occur if the feed ratio is slightly outside the operation range. Bending the edge of blank or enlarging the blank size can effectively prevent wrinkling at a larger feed ratio, which would increase the operation range of roller feed ratio. Due to the fact that the conventional spinning is a process of multiple passes, there are many factors affecting the forming quality of thin-walled aluminum alloy vessel head. Wrinkling is likely to happen by the influence of roller trajectory in the first pass due to the fact that the thickness of blank is far smaller than the diameter. The straight-line trajectory is the worst trajectory under which wrinkling is most likely to occur.

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Figure 1

Working principle of vessel head spinning with spinning machine: (a) stage of shearing spinning and (b) stage of conventional spinning—(1) tailstock, (2) location pin, (3) roller, (4) blank, (5) workpiece, (6) mandrel, (7) gland

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Figure 2

FEM model: (a) shear spinning and (b) conventional spinning

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Figure 3

Comparison of simulation results with experimental ones at feed ratio of 2.0 mm/r: (a) experiment results and (b) simulation results

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Figure 4

Experiment results at different feed ratios in shear spinning: (a) f=0.25 mm/r, (b) f=0.5 mm/r, and (c) f=2.0 mm/r

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Figure 5

Experiment results of workpieces with different blanks in shear spinning: (a) straight edge D=500 mm, (b) bending edge D=500 mm, and (c) straight edge D=640 mm

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Figure 6

Roller trajectories used in conventional spinning: (1) straight line, (2) concave arc curve, (3) concave double-arc curve, and (4) concave arc-line curve

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Figure 7

Experiment results at different roller trajectories in conventional spinning: (a) concave arc curve and (b) straight line



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