Journal of Applied Metalworking

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 143–156 | Cite as

The evaluation of large strains from industrial sheet metal stampings with a square grid

  • Erik Schedin
  • Arne Melander


A method to determine surface strains in industrially stamped sheet panels has been studied. The method incorporates a quadrilateral grid imposed to the blank and automatic image analysis. The quadrilateral grid makes it possible to analyze complex strain histories with rotations of the deformation system. The grid size can easily be increased from a minimum value upward during the analysis of a panel, for example, from one area to the next. In areas of the panel where cracking occurs, a small size grid is required because of the sharp strain gradients close to the crack. In relatively flat areas of the panel with low levels of strain attention is usually focused on strain variations over larger distances than in failure regions, and larger grids are used. Such long range strain variations are of interest in analyzing buckling, springback, or shape fixation. An inner auto body component was stamped in a high strength rephosphorized sheet steel and analyzed in some detail. Complex strain histories were identified with rotations of the deformation system. The distribution of strains in different areas of the stamping was determined. The analysis gives both the magnitude of the strains and the direction of the largest strain. Such information can be used by a die engineer in tooling development and in selecting blank holder pressure. Cracking occurred at one location of the stamping. The corresponding strain path was complex. The failure could be predicted with the present strain analysis and the forming limit diagram.


Principal Strain Strain Path Form Limit Diagram Apply Metalworking Strain Step 
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© American Society for Metals 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Schedin
    • 1
  • Arne Melander
    • 1
  1. 1.Swedish Institute for Metals ResearchStockholmSweden

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