Optimisation of local in-plane constraining forces in double diaphragm forming

Chen, S., McGregor, O.P.L., Harper, L.T., Endruweit, A. and Warrior, N.A. (2018) Optimisation of local in-plane constraining forces in double diaphragm forming. Composite Structures . ISSN 0263-8223

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Rigid blocks (risers) were introduced in the double diaphragm forming (DDF) process to change the local in-plane strain distribution in the diaphragms, aimed at reducing wrinkling defects in the production of fabric preforms. A two-step optimisation method was developed to determine the position and dimension of each riser. In Step I, optimisation of the riser position was conducted using a simplified finite element (FE) model coupled with a genetic algorithm (GA). The height of each riser was optimised in Step II using a detailed FE model with the optimised riser positions from Step I. For demonstration, a hemisphere preform was manufactured by DDF using the optimum riser arrangement established by the optimisation routine. Results indicate that the optimum riser pattern (shape and position relative to the component boundary) can dramatically improve the preform quality through reduction of out-of-plane wrinkles, validating the feasibility of the two-step routine.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/939466
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.06.062
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 12:51
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:41
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52507

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