FEA-Based Optimisation of a Clinching Process with a Closed Single-Part Die Aimed at Damage Minimization in CR240BH-AlSi10MnMg Joints
The paper presents results of FEA-based optimisation of the tool design of a clinching process with a closed single-part die. The studied materials are the bake-hardening steel CR240BH, 1.5 mm thick, on the punch side and the die-cast aluminium alloy AlSi10MnMg, 2.95 mm thick, on the die side. The optimisation was aimed at suppression of cracks that appear at the bottom of the clinch joint in AlSi10MnMg in the case of using conventional tool designs. By varying geometry parameters of the tools it was possible to reduce crack probability, though along with slightly worse, but still acceptable geometry parameters of the clinch joint.