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Simulation and analysis

Benefits Application & materials Process details

Process modeling tools based on finite element analysis (FEA) to predict densification and shape change during encapsulated hot isostatic pressing (HIP) of powder materials.

Benefits

  • Allows iterative, virtual fabrication steps to optimize component design
  • Provides shorter production lead times and fewer finish machining operations
  • Enhances cost savings and better utilization of hard to machine and expensive material powders
  • Promotes customer collaboration to cover all requirements and inputs
  • Allows designs that minimize welding, machining and material usage
  • Creates solutions not possible with conventional manufacturing methods.

Application & materials

Examples of parts that benefit from simulation and analysis include large HIP PM valve bodies; complex structural components in aerospace, tooling and die parts; and manifolds in subsea oil and gas applications.

HIP can densify most PM materials including superalloys, stainless steels, steels, and titanium alloys.

Process details

Enables design engineers to accurately design the capsules for making near net shape (NNS) or selective surface net shape (SSNS) components by performing virtual HIP trials on the computer before actually manufacturing the parts.