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DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF DIE FOR BLOW FORMING

A stiff competition in the automobile and aerospace industries in recent times has forced to innovate
newer and better technologies for the fast paced world. Aluminum automotive components made using
a hot blow forming process are reducing vehicle weight and increasing the fuel efficiency of todays cars
Al 6063 disks of a super plastic forming grade gas-pressure formed to hemispheres at constant forming
pressures with back pressure. The forming operation was performed using an in-house designed forming
apparatus. The temporal change of dome heights of the hemispheres were measured for the different
forming and back pressure applied. Forming test with dies were performed at 580
0
C.
INTRODUCTION:
Recent interest in lightweight and inexpensive alloys for transportation systems has attracted
attentions to aluminum magnesium alloys. Al 6063 alloy , because of its good weld ability , reasonably
high corrosion resistance and high strength with reasonable ductility , has been one of such alloys.
Large ductility required in forming engineering parts with contoured geometry has to development of
superplastic grade of the alloy. Deformation behavior and microstructural evolution of the superplastic
Al 6063 has been extensively investigated for tensile deformation . the purpose of the present study is
to investigate the deformation behavior of Al6063 alloy using hemispherical dies.