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Simulations and experiments in punching spring-steel devices with sub-millimeter features

Pathak, Rakesh Kumar and Kumar, Ravi A and Ananthasuresh, GK (2012) Simulations and experiments in punching spring-steel devices with sub-millimeter features. In: North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME, June 4-8, 2012, Notre Dame, IN, USA.

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This work demonstrates the feasibility of mesoscale (100 μm to mm) punching of multiple holes of intricate shapes in metals. Analytical modeling, finite element (FE)simulation, and experimentations are used in this work. Two dimensional FE simulations in ABAQUS were done with an assumed material modeling and plane-strain condition. A known analytical model was used and compared with the ABAQUS simulation results to understand the effects of clearance between the punch and the die. FE simulation in ABAQUS was done for different clearances and corner radii at punch, die, and holder. A set of punches and dies were used to punch out a miniature spring-steel gripper. Comparison of compliant grippers manufactured by wire-cut electro discharge machining(EDM) and punching shows that realizing sharp interior and re-entrant corners by punching is not easy to achieve. Punching of circular holes with 5 mm and 2.5 mm diameter is achieved. The possibility of realizing meso-scale parts with complicated shapes through punching is demonstrated in this work; and some strategies are suggested for improvement.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 06:52
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 06:52
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48615

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