Hydro-forming Process of Steel: Part Two

The Tube Hydroforming (THF) process is a relatively new manufacturing technology, which has been used in the past decade. THF offers potential alternatives in the use of lightweight materials and hence can have a great impact in saving energy in the automotive industry.
THF offers several advantages as compared to conventional manufacturing via stamping and welding.

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Hydro-Forming Process of Steel: Part One

One of these new processes is tube hydroforming and although the development of this process for the automotive industries is relative new, many process variables have been studied, including; friction, material properties, pressures and the displacement path during the process.
Hydroforming uses fluid pressure in place of the punch in a conventional tool set to form the part into the desired shape of the die.

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Semi-Solid Processing (SSP) of Alloys: Part One

The semi-solid processing of alloys is a relatively new commercial process which moved from a laboratory curiosity to a fully-fledged and viable manufacturing route in the 1970’s.
Lying between established solid and liquid state techniques, SSP allows the associated costs of solid state processing to be controlled and provides all the advantages of superior mechanical properties due to the precise changes in microstructure resulting from the slurry production steps.

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