Rubber-Pad Forming Processes

Technology and Applications


  • Maziar Ramezani, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Zaidi Mohd Ripin, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

This book describes different types of rubber-pad forming processes currently being studied for their experimental and numerical advantages and disadvantages. Rubber forming adopts a rubber pad contained in a rigid box in which one of the tools (die or punch) is replaced by the rubber pad. Up to 60% of all sheet metal parts in aircraft industry such as frames, seat parts, ribs, windows and doors are fabricated using rubber-pad forming processes. Key process parameters such as rubber material, stamping velocity, rubber-pad hardness and thickness and friction conditions are investigated.
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Mechanical, industrial, and manufacturing engineers and students, process engineers and product design engineers.


Book information

  • Published: March 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-094-2

Table of Contents

Introduction to sheet metal forming processes; Principles of rubber pad forming; Characteristics of elastomer materials; Forming of shallow parts using rubber tools; Piercing of sheet metals using rubber punch; Deep drawing of sheet metals using friction-actuated blank-holding technique; Deep drawing using Verson hydroforming process; Deep drawing of sheet metals by Marform technique; Deep drawing of sheet metals by Maslennikov’s technique; Tube bulging using rubber rods.