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Forming the Future

Wed 11th December

Forming the Future

Prof. J.W.Brooks,

School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham,

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

 

The production of metallic components through forming in the solid state is one of the oldest manufacturing methods known to mankind and has developed from hand operations to the automated industry of the modern world. Contrary to popular belief significant advances continue to be made in the field of forming technology with, for example, the achievable tolerances in precision forging reducing from 500 to 50mm in the last 25 years while accompanied by cost reduction. This has been achieved through the development and implementation of leading edge technologies in new press designs, tooling and flexible automation to meet the continuing demands for higher productivity and lower cost while still improving process capability. Greater understanding of the response of materials to processing has also led to improved properties and consistency in the manufactured products. The presentation will examine developments in the industry for the production of precision parts and microstructurally controlled semi-finished product with an emphasis on the use of modelling techniques to provide process developments at lower cost.

 

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