In this study, a part of an automotive side front section (front side member inner) was studied and a comparison both regarding material behaviour and of accuracy of the FE simulations was made. Mild steel, Rephos steel and TRIP700 were compared both experimentally and numerically. The results showed that TRIP steel has a significantly larger springback than the other materials. Furthermore, the FE simulations overestimate the twisting in this part for all materials, with the TRIP material showing the largest deviation between the experiments and the simulations. The prediction of punch forces was, however, accurate for all materials.
- finite element method