Our primary research fields are Advanced Forming Mechanics Groups, providing fundamental and practical insight and control of highly nonlinear plastic deformation processes to produce many everyday products from sheet metal.

Our research interests include:

  • Finite Element modelling techniques
  • Sheet metal forming techniques includes roll forming, millipede forming, incremental sheet forming and Chain-die forming
  • Elastic - plastic theory and experiments
  • Digital image correlation (DIC)
  • Non-linear dynamics, vibrations, controls, rolling contact, elastoplastic and wear phenomena, with applications to manufacturing, mining, railway, spacecraft and biomedical systems

Experimental facilities

4. Bending test rigs

Bending test rigs
Bending test rigs

To understand the formability of AHSS, a bend test apparatus was developed by the research team, as shown in below.

The test rig applies a pure bend moment on the sample and obtains the bend moment-curvature diagram to analyse the AHSS formability including the springback at different bend radii. Also, the reverse bend may be processed to study and examine the Bauschinger effect of AHSS.