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2012/03/06

17:00-18:00   Room #370 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Thomas Petzold (Weierstrass Institute, Berlin)
Finite element simulations of induction hardening of steel parts (ENGLISH)
[ Abstract ]
Induction hardening is a modern method for the heat treatment of steel parts.
A well directed heating by electromagnetic waves and subsequent quenching of the workpiece increases the hardness of the surface layer.
The process is very fast and energy efficient and plays a big role in modern manufacturing facilities in many industrial application areas.
In this talk a model for induction hardening of steel parts is presented. It consist of a system of partial differential equations including Maxwell's equations and the heat equation.
The finite element method is used to perform numerical simulations in 3D.
This requires a suitable discretization of Maxwell's equations leading to so called edge-finite-elements.
We will give a short overview of edge elements and present numerical simulations of induction hardening.
We will address some of the difficulties arising when solving the large system of non-linear coupled PDEs in three space dimensions.