Wire Technology

Wire Technology

Process Engineering and Metallurgy

1st Edition - November 3, 2010

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  • Author: Roger Wright
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123820938
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123820921

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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.

Key Features

  • Provides a unique universal approach, covering ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Authored by an internationally-recognized specialist in wire drawing with extensive academic and industry experience
  • Real-world worked examples, problems and protocols based on true life engineering scenarios and challenges allow engineers to easily apply the theory to their workplace to improve processes, productivity and efficiency
  • Compact, concise and practical in comparison to the large, competing handbook tomes that are overwhelming for beginners and impractical for day-to-day work use
  • Ideal for use as a complete insight into the process from start to finish or as a dip-in resource for practical problem-solving, analysis and trouble-shooting


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.

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 332
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2010
  • Published: November 3, 2010
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123820938
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123820921

About the Author

Roger Wright

Roger N. Wright, Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has contributed broadly to the literature in the areas of metallurgy and metals processing, and is active as a short-course lecturer and consultant. Prior to joining Rensselaer, he was a senior staff member at Westinghouse Research Laboratories and at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation. He holds B.S. and Sc.D. degrees in metallurgy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a

registered professional engineer and a fellow of ASM International and of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Leading wire industry trainer and consultant, and Professor Emeritus, School of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

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