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A methodology for assessing the feasibility of producing components by flow forming

Marini, Daniele and Cunningham, David and Corney, Jonathan R. (2016) A methodology for assessing the feasibility of producing components by flow forming. In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXX. Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering (ATDE), 3 . IOS Press, Loughborough University, pp. 67-72. ISBN 9781614996675

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This paper describes a methodology for assessing the applicability of the flow forming process for the manufacture of specific components. The process starts by filtering potential candidates for flow forming from a component collection (e.g. company catalogue) and then carries out a detailed assessment of quantitative, technological and economic feasibility before determining a viable process plan. The process described uses analytical relationships and empirical criteria drawn from the literature.. A process time model (based on an analogy with CNC turning) is used to develop a hybrid cost model in order to evaluate economic feasibility. The paper concluded with a brief summary of the results of applying the process to an industrial case study.