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QForm V8

New QForm V8 is further development of the simulation software based on a solid background of QForm 7 platform.

QForm 7 has proved its advantages as a new approach to development of advanced metal forming simulation software. It includes a completely new interface, data structure and algorithms written with the most modern programming techniques that allow far more power and flexibility than previous versions of our QForm program and other software products in the market.

The new program QForm V8 runs even faster than QForm 7, has more simulation options and amazing new features for analysis of results.

New models and methods:

  • Ring rolling model as a dedicated feature of the program that is based on new computational methods and has a specialised interface.
  • Dual mesh method that is now available for different kinds of processes including rolling, cogging etc.
  • Client-server and cloud modes of program operation
  • Advanced facilities for simulating with elastic-visco-plastic material model including load controlled tools and rotating billet like in flow forming
  • Task planer and batch mode
  • More advanced parallelisation of calculations that increases the simulation speed

Moreover, the program has 40+ another new features in the interface, source data preparation and simulation control, data import-export, interaction with the third party software and advanced results output. The complete list of new features can be found in the file on this page.

New development makes our metalforming simulation software QForm V8 even more advanced and effective for use in industrial, research and educational applications.

Simulation of the crankshaft with QForm V8: precise results in short timeElastic-plastic material model in QForm V8 allows simulation of flow-forming

Main features

New interface and architecture

The revolutionary new architecture allows the simulation core to run independently from the interface. This makes the graphical interface extremely powerful and flexible. Even while the simulation is still running the user can play the results forward and backward, make crosscuts, measurements and any other kind of analysis. The new data structure efficiently writes and retrieves huge amounts of data, which permits storage of every step of the simulation results. This means that the playback is smooth at 25 frames/second and the results are extremely accurate and nearly indistinguishable from the actual forging.

Reliability

This also means that a lot of analysis can be done in the post-processor so you can test different scenarios without having to re-run the simulation. Even for forgings when the surface collapses creating severe laps, the simulation runs to completion and the results are very accurate. With QForm V8 you can accurately trace tracked points and flow lines forward and backward, produce graphs and numerical data from tracked points, modify the fit of inserts or shrink rings in tool simulations, and calculate user defined functions all in just in few seconds from the post processor. The sophisticated mesh generation algorithms can easily handle formation of laps and folds, intensive shearing deformation, multiple bodies like bimetallic billets or composites as well as pre-stressed die assemblies.

Advanced features

For advanced users, QForm7 allows easy programming and seamless display of User Defined Variables and Functions. Any kind of model like flow stress data, ductile fracture, or microstructure evolution can be added to the program easily with user-defined functions and anyone who has ever tried to do this on other software platforms will appreciate that no compiler is required and these functions are performed at the same speed as the main code.

Flexibility

QForm is well suited for forge shops, cold formers, fastener manufacturers, and extrusion plants that are looking to improve quality while reducing scrap and the costs of tooling. It is also ideal tool for education and research due to its flexibility and user-friendliness.

Main processes that can be simulated by QForm V8

  • Open and closed die forging
  • Hot, warm and cold forging
  • Steel, aluminum, brass forging
  • Longitudinal and transversal rolling, reducer rolling
  • Forming of porous materials
  • Hydroforming
  • Thick sheet metal forming
  • Cross-wedge rolling
  • Ring and wheel rolling
  • Profile extrusion
  • Fasteners manufacturing and installation
  • Heat treating/microstructure analysis
  • and some more technological processes

Simulation of hot closed die forging in QForm V8. Distribution of strain and some laps appeared in the forged part are shown.