Application of variational and FEM methods to the modelling and numerical analysis of guillotining process for geometrical and physical nonlinearity

L. Bohdal, L. Kukielka


Finite element modelling provides a great deal of support in understanding technological processes. How-ever, there are few studies of the guillotining process, and those that exist are simplified for use only in the calcula-tion of such processes’ steady states. This paper proposes the application of variational and finite element methods for the analysis of guillotining and the nonlinearities of this process. Physical and mathematical models of the process and a new thermo-elastic/thermo-visco-plastic material model are elaborated. The procedure is implemented in the finite element code ANSYS/LS-DYNA and the model is validated comparing the numerical and experimental re-sults. The influence of various process conditions on the strain and stress states and the quality of the final product are analysed. The results lay the groundwork for further study regarding the numerical analysis of spring-back be-haviour and the effect of tool elasticity on the quality of the final work piece.



Guillotining; constitutive laws; modelling; numerical simulation; variational formulation; FEM

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