Lab for validation and optimization of cold forging processes
The lab, located in Miguel Altuna vocational training institute, includes facilities and different equipment to validate and /or optimize the fabrication processes of components manufactured in cold forging. The design concept is first validated by FEM simulation. Then, there are equipments to carry out real experiments where different variables can be monitorized and measured: loads, effect of lubricants , material flow, friction conditions, suitability of the tooling set, part’s transfers, etc. The trials are semi industrial so that the results are comparable with real production.
MOST OUTSTANDING EQUIPMENT AND COMPONENTS
FEM simulation software. Simufact. Forge.
Multistage progressive cold forging press
Screw press for hot forging.
Thread rolling machines
Fields of application
Design and development of materials
SERVICES OFFERED BY THE ASSET
Analysys of features of lubricant systems in cold forging processes
Evaluation of the performance of different lubricants in cold forging operations with different materials. The influence of different additives is evaluated in means of loads, material flow and roughness.
Modelization of cold forging processes
Optimization of designs and processes through numerical simulation. Material’s modelization for cold forging. Prediction of potential defects. Evaluation of stress state of the tooling.
Study of the forjability of different materials
Study of forjability at room temperature of allowed steels, stainless steels and aluminum alloys in industrial presses
Validation of complex cold forging operation
Trial of complex forging operations in real conditions, either in a single operation or multi stage, validating the tooling set and process concept. The design of the production sequence could be optimized by the customer or within the service.