An intuitive software system for the modelling of three-dimensional FEM tapping simulations

Özkaya, E.1, a; Haus, T.1, b; Biermann, D.1, c

Institut für Spanende Fertigung, Technische Universität Dortmund, Baroper Str. 303, 44227 Dortmund

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This paper presents the development of a software system, implementing user-friendly methods for creating, solving and evaluating three-dimensional tapping simulations without the necessity of large experience in the field of Finite-Element-Method (FEM) simulations. To process and solve tapping simulation models, external control of the commercial FEM software DEFORM 3D was realized, although an application programming interface does not exist. The novelty of this research study is the development of a control algorithm channel, to decouple simulation processing steps from DEFORM 3D and implement these in a developed simplified software system next to computing time reducing procedures. It could be shown that complex FEM simulations, which are typically allocated to research purposes, could be adapted for general industrial applications.


Finite Element Method (FEM), three-dimensional tapping simulation, software development, control algorithm channel, DEFORM 3D


World Journal of Engineering Research and Technology, 5 (2019) 3, S. 429-454, ISSN 2454-695X