Mechanics of Sheet Metal Forming

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780750653008
eBook ISBN: 9780080496511
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th April 2002
Page Count: 211
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The basic theory of sheet metal forming in the automotive, appliance and aircraft industries is given. This fills a gap between the descriptive treatments in most manufacturing texts and the advanced numerical methods used in computer-aided-design systems.

The book may be used by lecturers in undergraduate courses in manufacturing; plentiful exercises and worked examples provide quantitative tutorial problems for students. A separate, but related simulation software package advertised on this page enables students to explore the limits of processes and understand the influence of different process and material variables.

Engineers in stamping plants and press shops find the book useful in understanding what happens during forming and why failures occur. The book is also used as a text for industrial short courses that have been given in many countries. Die designers and tooling engineers find the simple treatment of processes useful at the conceptual design stage and also in determining modifications needed to overcome problems indicated by detailed numerical analysis.

The original text, published 10 years ago, has been completely rewritten for this edition and newer topics such as hydroforming included. Simple equations governing plastic deformation, press forming, bending, punch stretching and deep drawing are derived and explained. The aim is to provide simple applicable methods rather than complex numerical techniques for practising engineers and for students interested in a quantitative and practical approach.


The analytical treatment in this book is used to develop simulation modules for simple cases of sheet forming such as stamping, deep drawing, bending and hydroforming. Students can investigate the influence of tooling dimensions, material properties and process variables suc

Key Features

Presents the fundamentals of sheet metal forming - bending, stretching, press forming, deep drawing and hydroforming

Shows how deformation, loads and process limits can be calculated using simple equations

Concentrates on simple, applicable methods rather than complex numerical techniques

Contains many exercises, worked examples and solutions

Used as a reference text in undergraduate manufacturing courses, as a required text in specialist graduate courses and as a course text for industrial short courses

Is supported by a separate, but related simulation software package described below.


Reference for undergraduates in manufacturing, as a recommended text for post-graduate students in sheet forming, for professional development for engineers in stamping plants and press shops, for die designers and tooling engineers in the automotive, appliance, rigid metal packaging and aeronautical industries.

Table of Contents

Material properties; General deformation processes; Deformation of sheet in plane stress; Simplified stamping analysis; Load instability and tearing; Bending of sheet; Simplified analysis of circular shells; Cylindrical deep drawing; Stretching over axisymmetric punches; Bending under tension; Hydroforming; Yielding in three dimensional stress state; Large strains


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"The text provides an excellent review of the current practices in industry. Mechanics of Sheet Metal Forming concentrates on simple, applicable, methods rather than complex numerical techniques to provide the practising engineer and student with practical approaches to sheet metal forming." The Nautical Magazine, 2003