QForm Extrusion

QForm Extrusion is the only program in the market that can perform simulations of material flow that are thermally and mechanically coupled to the die deformation even for very complicated thin walled profiles. QForm Extrusion was developed for simulation analysis of material flow during the extrusion process and for analysis of the stress-strain-state of die set. The program features parametric representation of the bearing geometry and state-of-the-art automatic meshing algorithms. By keeping the bearing geometry as a parametric surface, QForm Extrusion is able to consider cases when die deformation causes local zones of very fine inclination of choke or relief that may vary by just a few angular minutes. Simulation results and actual production of our customers as well as laboratory tests have shown that, though small, such bearing angle variation may significantly influence the material flow patterns. The software has been developed to be used by production engineers and die designers so it is not necessary to know anything about finite element method to run accurate simulations.

I have been using QForm for a little over 6 months, and I have been very happy with the results that I have gotten. I found the software very easy to use. The average pre-processing time is around 15 minutes... The tech support has been very helpful and very quick with getting me help and any information that I have needed. The results from simulation have been very accurate... Our company as whole has been happy with the purchase of QForm.
Jeff Skinner, Simulation tech and R&D, Gemini Group.

The tools for complex extrusion profiles can take a long time to design properly. The use of simulation software significantly speeds up the development time of extrusion tooling and also predicts the quality of the extruded product.

Profile velocity along Z axis. Thin hollow profileProfile velocity along Z axis. Hollow profile

The way it handles choke, face pockets and anything odd you do to the face is amazing. I have had decent luck with it and they have done a nice job with the interface.
Jeff Skinner, Simulation tech and R&D, Gemini Group.

Resulting bearing angle due to die deformationDie deflection

Advantages of QForm Extrusion:

  • Simulation of mechanically and thermally coupled problems of material flow and die deformation (taking into account influence of die deflection on material flow and vice versa)
  • The fastest simulation speed (ICEB 2015) of the most complicated profiles thanks to a special Lagrange-Euler approach and advanced algorithms used in QForm
  • Simulation of profile elastic-plastic deformation due to cooling after extrusion
  • Very accurate results of simulation thanks to high adaptive tuning of the mesh and a specially developed coupled mechanical and thermal tasks
  • An intuitive interface and easy input of initial data allow for a short learning curve
  • Fully automatic simulation process
  • View and analysis of results of the simulation during calculation process

5th International ICEB Conference. Industrial benchmark. Profile velocity along Z axis. Profile velocity along Z axis. Construction profile

Features of QForm Extrusion:

  • Simulation of solid, semi-solid and hollow profiles of any complexity
  • Coupled mechanical and thermal task
  • Taking into account influence of die deflection on material flow and vice versa
  • Profile front end shape prediction
  • Temperature, stress, strain, velocity distribution in any cross cut section of the workpiece and tool
  • Die life prediction
  • Determination of profile distortion after cooling
  • Prediction of extrusion load
  • Bearing height optimization

Effective stress in dieMean stress in die

  • Longitudinal seams weld prediction
  • Transversal seams weld prediction (billet to billet seam weld)
  • New material share percentage in profile versus the distance from stop-mark
  • Accurate calculation of entire billet heat gradient
  • Fully automatic mesh generation and highly adaptive mesh in material flow domain and tool simulation domain
  • User defined subroutines calculation
  • Tracing of the points
  • Report generation

Longitudinal seam welds. Exactly the same picture as in the simulation5th International ICEB Conference. Industrial benchmark. Longitudinal seam welds

QForm Extrusion has successfully participated in all the independent international benchmarks (The International Conference on Extrusion and Benchmark (ICEB)) since 2005:

  • Benchmark 2015, ICEB, Florence, Italy
  • Benchmark 2013, ICEB, Dortmund, Germany
  • Benchmark 2011, ICEB, Bologna, Italy
  • Benchmark 2009, ICEB, Dortmund, Germany
  • Benchmark 2007, ICEB, Bologna, Italy
  • Benchmark Extrusion 2005 Zurich, Switzerland

5th International ICEB Conference. Scientific benchmark. Left, view of the assembly of die (exploded view) and backer allowing die deflection (central hole is used for die deflection sensor), on the right extrusion die with designation of the six openings5th International ICEB Conference. Scientific benchmark. Profile length tendency comparing with experimental results

To get a QForm software license contact us.