Thinning as a failure criterion during sheet metal forming
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Thinning during forming is often considered a failure criterion in the metal forming industry. It is believed that a critical amount of thinning takes place in a sheet metal before failure. In this study, varying widths of low-carbon steel sheets were punch stretched under laboratory conditions. Thinning during punch stretching was measured at various locations along the steel sheets. These measurements demonstrated that thinning during forming is not constant, but that it is a function of the strain path followed by the sheet. Hence, thinning should not be used as a failure criterion during forming of sheet metals.
Keywordspunch stretching thinning strain path strain hardening exponent
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