Wire Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123820921, 9780123820938

Wire Technology

1st Edition

Process Engineering and Metallurgy

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Authors: Roger Wright
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123820921
Paperback ISBN: 9780323164993
eBook ISBN: 9780123820938
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 3rd November 2010
Page Count: 332
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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

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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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


"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

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