Geometrical Phenomena in Tube Bending with Local Induction Heating

Janusz Tomczak, Zbigniew Pater, Andrzej Gontarz, Eugeniusz Hadasik, Marek Cieśla, Kazimierz Mutwil, Wojciech Rzepka, Tomasz Kawała
2014 Key Engineering Materials  
A theoretical and experimental analysis of heat induction bending for tubes used in the power industry is performed. First, the design of the heat induction bending process for tubes is described and industrial application areas for this technology are presented. Next, the main methods for tube bending with local induction heating are discussed and the effect of the technology on geometrical parameters of bends formed is presented. Then, the heat induction bending process for tubes is modeled
more » ... ing numerical techniques (FEM). The simulations are performed in a three-dimensional strain state, where thermal phenomena are taken into account, using the commercial software package Simufact Forming v. 11.0. In the simulations, the changes in workpiece geometry in the region of the bend being made (cross section ovalization, darkening and thickening of walls, neutral axis position) are examined. Also, potential phenomena that could limit the stability of the bending process and cause shape defects are predicted. The results of the numerical modeling are then compared to those obtained under industrial conditions.
doi:10.4028/ fatcat:5umaqct4xred3i235d4yvyclnu