Effect of Workpiece Thickness and Surface Texturing on the Micro Cupping Tests


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The miniaturization of products has driven the demand for better realization in the micro forming process. Micro sheetmetal forming becomes more susceptible to friction attributed to the decrease in the weighting of body force and the increase in surface force, as the size of workpiece decreases. In this work, micro cupping tests were utilized to test the influence of workpiece thickness and surface texturing both on stainless steel and copper sheets under an oil-lubricated condition. Three thickness gauges of workpiece, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 mm, were selected in order to represent the micro, meso and macro forming conditions, respectively. Longitudinal and isotropic lay conditions were obtained through imprinting the textured rolls produced by grinding and sand blasting methods. The result of the micro cupping tests show that the cup heights are comparable for both longitudinal and isotropic lays in forming the sheets of 0.1 and 0.2 mm thickness. However, isotropic lay has a greater cup height than that of longitudinal lay in forming the 0.05 mm sheets. This indicates that surface texturing becomes influential in the formability of micro sheetmetal forming.



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Yeong-Maw Hwang and Cho-Pei Jiang




H. S. Lin et al., "Effect of Workpiece Thickness and Surface Texturing on the Micro Cupping Tests", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 626, pp. 420-425, 2015

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August 2014




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