Influence of a material rheological characteristics on the dome thickness during free bulging test
Free bulging process is an experimental technique which can be used to characterize a sheet material in conditions of biaxial tension during hot forming. Analytical and semi-analytical models of this process are usually based on the hypothesis offering certain relations between the geometrical characteristics of a bulge during forming. The paper presents an original relation between a specimen thickness at the dome pole and the dome height which is used at the semi-analytical method for simulation of free bulging process. In order to obtain this relation, the finite-element computer simulation results were generalized. The influence of the material constants on the geometrical parameters of the bulge was studied. It was shown that the sheet thickness corresponding to a specific dome height is dictated by the strain rate sensitivity index of the material. The equation describing the influence of the strain rate sensitivity index on the dome apex thickness is presented.