TriboForm Software

Application of the TriboForm software to the all-new Volvo XC90

A short introduction to the TriboForm software

Implementation of tribology-, friction-, and lubrication conditions in sheet metal forming simulations using the TriboForm software

Front fender simulation using a low lubrication amount: fractured parts in production (rejected)

Front fender simulation using a high lubrication amount: wrinkled parts in production (rejected)

Front fender simulation using an optimal lubrication amount: high quality parts in production (accepted)

Door-inner simulation using the TriboForm FEM Plug-In: Animation of the time- and location dependent coefficient of friction (from 0.12 to 0.18)

Door-inner simulation using a sub-optimal tribology and lubrication system: splits in production (rejected)

Door-inner simulation using an optimal tribology and lubrication system: high quality parts in production (accepted)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is tribology?
Tribology is the science and technology for friction, lubrication and wear. Tribology plays a key role in metal forming processes through the relative motion and interaction between the applied sheet material, the lubrication and the tooling. Tribology determines the quality of metal formed products and strongly influences the stability and efficiency of the production process.
What is virtual tribology?
Virtual Tribology is the simulation technology for friction, lubrication and wear. TriboForm is a software solution for the simulation of friction and lubrication in metal forming processes. With unique physically-based simulation technology, TriboForm enables its users to accurately simulate friction and lubrication conditions in a matter of minutes and directly integrate the results in metal forming simulations.
What is the current industrial standard?
Although friction is of key importance, it is currently not considered in detail in metal forming simulations. The current industrial standard is to use a constant (Coulomb) coefficient of friction. This limits the overall simulation accuracy. To achieve more realistic simulation results with increased reliability, it is crucial to accurately account for tribology effects in metal forming simulations.
Why should I integrate virtual tribology in metal forming simulations?
TriboForm brings metal forming simulations to a higher level by replacing the constant coefficient of friction in metal forming simulations with realistic and highly accurate friction and lubrication data. This enables faster and more accurate metal forming simulations with enriched simulation functionalities.
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