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Title: Optimal process design of sheet metal forming for minimum springback via an integrated neural network evolutionary algorithm
Authors: Liew, K.M.
Tan, H.
Ray, T. 
Tan, M.J.
Issue Date: Feb-2004
Citation: Liew, K.M.,Tan, H.,Ray, T.,Tan, M.J. (2004-02). Optimal process design of sheet metal forming for minimum springback via an integrated neural network evolutionary algorithm. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization 26 (3-4) : 284-294. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The process of sheet metal forming is characterized by various process parameters. Accurate prediction of springback is essential for the design of tools used in sheet metal forming operations. In this paper, an evolutionary algorithm is presented that is capable of handling single/multiobjective, unconstrained and constrained formulations of optimal process design problems. To illustrate the use of the algorithm, a relatively simple springback minimization problem (hemispherical cupdrawing) is solved in this paper, and complete formulations of the algorithm are provided to deal with the constraints and multiple objectives. The algorithm is capable of generating multiple optimal solutions in a single run. The evolutionary algorithm is combined with the finite element method for springback computation, in order to arrive at the set of optimal process parameters. To reduce the computational time required by the evolutionary algorithm due to actual springback computations via the finite element method, a neural network model is developed and integrated within the evolutionary algorithm as an approximator. The results clearly show the viability of the use of the evolutionary algorithm and the use of approximators to derive optimal process parameters for metal forming operations.
Source Title: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization
ISSN: 1615147X
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