Introduction to Testing and Measuring Sheet Metal Properties: Why Test and Which Tests Should We Do?

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In the Oscar-winning movie Whiplash, a talented young drummer and a respected music teacher engage in a battle of wills and wits. The simplest lesson of this dark, controversial film is practice makes perfect. Whether you play the drums or march in the drum line, you know that practice pays off. You store the steps and beats in your memory, leaving you free to perfect your performance.

Testing sheet metal to determine its properties is not unlike what musicians and athletes go through as they prepare for the big break or the big game. Your tests allow you to build a memory of properties and behaviors for grades of sheet metal and to perfect your forming techniques for reliable and optimal performance. Forming sheet metal components typically involves applying external forces to the work piece. Building dies for testing is expensive. We therefore test small samples of material with standardized test equipment to observe and record the behavior of materials under stress and to determine mechanical, chemical, and surface properties of sheet metal. (Do we need more cowbell?) Given a set of observed behaviors, we can predict the behavior and limits of our selected material with our equipment and specified geometries.

Tests include:
Tensile Testing
Metallography and Microscopy
Hardness Testing
Surface Analysis
Chemical Analysis
Coating Analysis
Forming Analysis

What You Will Learn: 

You will be introduced to the types of tests available for sheet materials, the applications where each test is best employed, what the results of the tests are and how the results are used. The fundamental testing standards for determining mechanical, chemical, and surface properties of sheet material will be discussed.