Mechanics of Sheet Metal Forming - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750653008, 9780080496511

Mechanics of Sheet Metal Forming

2nd Edition

Editors: Jack Hu Zdzislaw Marciniak John Duncan
eBook ISBN: 9780080496511
Paperback ISBN: 9780750653008
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 such as friction on the outcome of operations and see from animated models how, for example, press loads develop during forming. Applications using this package greatly enhance interest in the development of theory in the book.

The website provides further information and an opportunity to run some of the modules.

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
Yielding in three dimensional stress state
Large strains


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About the Editor

Jack Hu

S. Jack Hu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering. He teaches courses and conducts research in manufacturing systems, assembly modeling, and statistical quality methods. He is a member of INFORMS, ASEE and SME, and a Fellow of ASME. He currently serves as the editor of SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Zdzislaw Marciniak

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical University of Warsaw

John Duncan


"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

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