A continuous folding process for sheet materials

E. A. Elsayed, Basily B. Basily

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a new and innovative sheet material folding technology and the associated advances in folding different patterns using continuous manufacturing techniques. A novel approach is developed for the continuous folding process where sheet material is progressively j folded in two dimensions, through a set of rollers, followed by a configured roller for the final folding in the third dimension. The final roller can be designed for longitudinal folding, cross-folding and angular folding to produce the desired folded pattern. This process is more economical than the traditional forming processes. An application of this process to the production of impact energy absorption structures is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-238
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Materials and Product Technology
Volume21
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Keywords

  • Chevron pattern structures
  • Energy absorption
  • Folded sheet
  • Folding technology
  • Kraft paper
  • Lamination
  • Rollers
  • Tessellations

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