Finite Element Modelling of Bends and Creases during Folding Ultra Thin Stainless Steel Foils

K. Datta, H. Akagi, Hubertus J.M. Geijselaers, Han Huetink

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Finite Element Modelling of an ultra thin foil of SUS 304 stainless steel is carried out. These foils are 20 mm and below in thickness. The development of stresses and strains during folding of these foils is studied. The objective of this study is to induce qualities of paper in the foils of stainless steel such that a public sculpture of origami can be built with the foil. Finite Element modelling of the fold, reverse fold, junctions of multiple folds as well as the finger-dents are carried out to quantify the extent of straining the steel foil would undergo while an object of origami is folded with it. It is important to know the extent of straining the foil would undergo during folding operation. With this knowledge, the through-thickness microstructure and microtexture can be studied which influence the fracture toughness and low cycle fatigue properties of the steel foil. The foil with the requisite qualities of paper can then be manufactured.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventABAQUS Users' Conference 2003 - Vienna
Duration: 24 Nov 200325 Nov 2003


ConferenceABAQUS Users' Conference 2003
OtherNovember 24-25, 2003


  • IR-59460

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