Introduction to the Mechanical Properties of Sheet Metal Materials

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When designing components, you have thousands of types and grades of materials available. Generally, decisions are based on each material's strength, mass, corrosion resistance, dent resistance, and mechanical properties. Mechanical properties are a significant factor defining the formability of materials.

The mechanical properties of your sheet metal should be the biggest driver of your material selection. Mechanical properties also define your probability of forming parts with minimum failures and scrap. Your component geometry defines how much your material must bend and stretch to achieve the final form. Mechanical properties define how much your material is able to bend and stretch before failure. Given this, it is important to understand the fundamentals of mechanical properties in material selection, forming simulation, and production.

Think of two identical paper clips. Have a friend unfold one and bend it back and forth a few times before handing them to you. Your two clips have the same chemistry, but their inherent formability is different based on the work that was done prior to you receiving them. In sheet metal stamping, most of the properties that affect formability can be determined in a tensile test: yield strength, tensile strength, elongation, n-value and r-value.

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This course introduces the fundamentals of mechanical properties on your forming operation. We also discuss tensile testing and how you can use this test to ensure successful forming simulation and production.