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Wire Technology

Process Engineering and Metallurgy

Wire drawing is a metalworking process used to reduce the diameter of a wire by pulling the wire through a single, or series of, drawing die(s). The engineering applications of wire drawing are broad and far-reaching, including electrical wiring, cables, tension-loaded structural components, springs, paper clips and spokes for wheels.

This all-new, classical text is the first to explain the complex theory and sophisticated engineering concepts with relation to wire drawing in an accessible and universal way for practicing engineers.

Designed to facilitate the entry and training of new engineers and upgrade the professional practice of those already in the field in the face of increased product demands and tightening specifications, this essential resource by industry expert Roger Wright provides:

  • A technical overview and introduction of engineering concepts related to wire drawing, suitable for beginners and practiced engineers looking to brush up on the theory behind the process
  • An interface with basic engineering education so as to provide an accessible introduction for engineers new to the field
  • Real-world worked examples, problems and protocols based on true life engineering scenarios and challenges
  • Unique coverage of the author's own pass design and risk prediction calculations, developed through decades of research and wire industry consulting

Whilst most competing titles are less practical in their approach and focus on either ferrous, non-ferrous or electrical, our book takes a universal approach more suited to the practicing engineer who needs knowledge of wire drawing across the board. Ideal for use as a complete insight into the process from start to finish or a dip-in resource for practical problem-solving, this versatile work-a-day guide, training tool and desk reference will help readers train their staff and adapt and improve processes at minimal cost for maximum performance.


Primary audience: Engineers working with wire in industry and research; Graduates with engineering degrees (mechanical, industrial, materials) moving into the wire industry; Engineers transferring from non-wire industries.

Secondary audience: Final year and graduate students of mechanical engineering and metallurgy undertaking modules or projects in deformation mechanisms and wire technology.

Hardbound, 332 Pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-382092-1


  • "This book would be appropriate for an undergraduate or graduate course in mechanical engineering or materials science and for the working professional as a reference book.  It is timely in that few well-written and comprehensive books on wire technology are available at present."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine


  • Preface
    Chapter 1  The General Idea
    Chapter 2  A brief history of the technology
    Chapter 3  Twentieth century equipment concepts
    Chapter 4  Basic engineering variables pertinent to drawing
    Chapter 5  Basic drawing mechanics
    Chapter 6  Drawing temperature
    Chapter 7  Drawing speed
    Chapter 8  Friction, lubrication and surface quality
    Chapter 9  Drawing die and pass schedule design
    Chapter 10  Shaped dies and roller dies
    Chapter 11  Mechanical properties of wire and related testing
    Chapter 12  Drawability and breaks
    Chapter 13  Copper and copper alloy metallurgical issues
    Chapter 14  Steel metallurgical issues
    Chapter 15  Issues in other important metallurgical systems
    Chapter 16  Wire coatings
    Chapter 17  Redraw rod production
    Chapter 18  Physical Properties
    Chapter 19  Elements of wire forming
    Chapter 20  Some illustrative new products and processes
    List of symbols - English alphabet
    List of symbols - Greek alphabet 
    Appendix of basic formulas


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