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A New Workability Criterion for
Faculty of Technical Sciences,
University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Ductile Metals
The forming limit curves are important aids in determining the extent of deforma-
A. H. Shabaik tion a material can be subjected to during a forming process. In this paper a forming
limit criterion for bulk metalworking processes, based on the magnitude of the
Professor of Engineering,
University of California,
hydrostatic component and the effective stress of the state of stress, is proposed.
Los Angeles, CA 90024 The determination of the forming limit curve by means of three simple tests,
namely, tension, compression, and torsion tests, is presented.

The forming limit in metalworking is a complex These processes may be classified into the following two main
phenomenon that depends both on the material and the defor- categories:
mation process parameters. Workability is a term used to 1. Sheet metalworking processes are characterized by a
define the degree of deformation during a metalforming plane state of stress that falls in the range from a uniaxial ten-
operation that a material can be subjected to without failure. sion to an equibiaxial tension. For sheet metalforming under
Ductility of a material is generally defined by the strain at biaxial tension (tension-tension region), Keeler and Backofen
fracture. In metalworking applications, ductility is not a [4] introduced the idea of a forming limit diagram (FLD)
unique property of the material; it depends on the local state based on the surface major and minor strains ex and e2. The
of stress and strain rate in combination with material extension of the forming limit diagram into the tension-
characteristics such as microstructure, inclusion content and compression region was proposed by Goodwin [5] in 1968.
morphology, and grain size; and the condition along tool- The forming limit curve (FLC) for the entire range of e2/ex =
workpiece interface. Control of these parameters may thus be — 0.5 to 1.0, (which is also representative of the forming
exercised to produce conditions favorable for enhanced defor- modes for stretching and drawing of sheet metals), is indicated
mation to fracture [1, 2]. As a result of the interactive nature by a plot of the limits of e{ and e2 as shown in Fig. 1 [6]. Any
of these parameters, workability is not easily quantified. Ac- combination of the two surface strains ex and e2 falling below
curate forming limit charts are highly desirable because of the FLC is considered acceptable. Point A on the curve
their tremendous aid to both the design and manufacturing represents plane strain condition.
engineers. Numerous investigations on forming limits and 2. Bulk metalworking processes produce a state of stress
ductility of materials can be found in the literature [4-19]. that is generally triaxial with the major stress components be-
Most bulk forming processes (e.g., forging, rolling, extru- ing compressive. When one of the stress components becomes
sion), in contrast to sheet metal forming processes, involve tensile at some points in the deformation region, fracture is
stress states that are predominantly compressive; however, the limiting factor for these processes.
secondary tensile stresses at specific locations in any of these While numerous investigations on the prediction and deter-
processes can develop [3] leading to fracture initiation. Frac- mination of the FLC for sheet metals can be found in the
ture, therefore, determines the extent of deformation or the literature, very few publications can be found on the forming
forming limit in bulk metalworking process. limit condition in bulk metalworking processes.
In this paper a forming limit criterion for bulk metalwork- Cockcroft [7] proposed a criterion based on the tensile
ing processes, based on the magnitude of the hydrostatic com- strain energy density. This criterion emphasizes the impor-
ponent and the effective stress of the stress state (the first in- tance of the tensile stress component on fracture. The criterion
variant of the stress tensor and the second invariant of the has been applied by a number of investigators (8, 9) to a vari-
deviatoric stress tensor), is proposed. The determination of ety of cold- and hot-working processes with varying degrees of
the forming limit curve (FLC) by means of three simple tests is success.
presented. As an outgrowth of experimental evidence of the impor-
tance of the spherical (hydrostatic) component of stress state
Workability Criteria on fracture, we propose for our workability criterion the use
Metalworking processes involve plastic deformation that of a parameter /3 defined as follows:
results in the change of both the cross-sectional area of the
Workpiece and of its overall shape. Different metalworking P= ^ - ^ = - (1)
Processes produce different stress states during deformation. o V37,
where am is the mean or hydrostatic stress component.
is the effective stress component
Contributed by the Materials Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF
(a1 - a2)2 + (o-2 - CT3)2 + (CT3 - °x)2~
Materials Division, July 26, 1985. -[-'
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0 Tensile specimens -45° 10- Fig. 3 IS values for tension, compression, and torsion

1 1 1 1 1 1 1
-10 0 10
For bulk metalworking processes (Category 2 above) f3 is <
1.0. It is this range that is the main aim of our investigation.
Fig. 1 Sheet metalforming limit curve for aluminum-killed steel [6] For these processes we propose the following equation for the
forming limit strain (j>e:
ax, a2, CT3 is the principal stress tensor.
Jx is the first stress invariant of the stress tensor = ax + a2 +
3/ 2
I2 is the second stress invariant of the stress deviators Values of /3 < 1 represent a wide range of bulk metalform-
ing processes ranging from simple tensile (/3 = 1) to drawing,
(<*i - °i)2 + (a2 - a3)2 + (<J3 - <7,)2 rolling, forging, extrusion, etc. (/3 < 1). A schematic diagram
showing the general shape of the forming limit line (FLL) is
For the two main categories (1 and 2) previously described, given in Fig. 2. When (3 = 0 the state of stress is a pure
the range of /? can be found as follows: deviatoric stress resulting in a purely octahedral shear stress
For sheet metalworking processes the range of stress is from case. The positive or negative values of /3 correspond to an ad-
a uniaxial tension to an equibiaxial tension. dition of a positive spherical stress tensor (hydrostatic tension)
For uniaxial tension or a negative spherical stress tensor (hydrostatic pressure).
For the determination of the forming limit curve proposed
applied» by equation (2), the stress components and the strain com-
1 ponents at the limiting condition must be known. For the pur-
and J
pose of demonstrating the application of the proposed
"IT applied

criterion, three tests that are relatively easy and inexpensive to

3<7„, conduct are selected. These tests are the tension, the torsion,
.\/3 = — - = 1 . 0 and the compression tests (Fig. 3).
For equibiaxial tension (a, = a2 o) 1 Axial Compression Test. This test under ideal fric-
tionless conditions results in a purely uniaxial compressive
a= a
state of stress during the entire deformation process. In this
2 case if a specimen of an original diameter DQ and original
and height H0 is compressed, the final diameter will increase from
D0 to Df and final height will decrease from HQ to Hf. The
3ff„: state of stress and strain is as follows:
.0 = - = 2.0
ar = ag = 0, a,„ = ——
For plane strain case (point A on Fig. 1) /3 = 1.5.
Therefore, for sheet metalworking processes (Category 1) the
range for (3 is 1.0 > <3 > 2.0. This indicates that hydrostatic 3<7„
Therefore (3 = 1.0
tension will always be present in this case.

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6h;0 6h • 0


6h; 0.165" 6 h. 0.165"

Fig. 5 Specimen geometry-compression test
dia = 25 mm, height = 25 mm


Fig. 6 Specimen geometry-torsion test

dia= 15 mm, gage length =
130 mm
6h=0.40g" 6h = 0.401 ..
Specimens of the geometry shown in Fig. 5, machined with
Fig. 4 Grid distortion during compression a thin outer ring to act as an entrapment for and to maintain a
pool of lubricant, are therefore, used in this study to provide
minimum or zero friction condition at the interface. By carry-
(3) ing out the test until cracks are observed, the fracture strain
[limit formability strain 1>e = In (A/A o)] corresponding to (3
= - 1 can be determined.
2 Torsion Test. Geometry of the specimen for this test is
EO=Er=ln[ ~~] DJ>D o shown in Fig. 6. The resulting state of stress due to the applied
torsion is
As the compression continues the final diameter will con-
tinue to increase. The corresponding hoop strain on the out- al=a, a2=-a, a3=0
side surfaces (which is a tensile strain) will also increase until it The corresponding mean and effective stresses are given by
reaches the fracture limit of the material. Once fracture is 1
initiated the forming limit strain 1>e is the same as the effective alii =-3- [aj +a2+ a3]=0
strain i' at fracture and is determined from:

1>e=i'=ln[ z; ] =In[ ~~] at fracture (4)

In this case, (3 = O. The test is conducted until cracks are
observed. The final angle of twist is measured and the cor-
In an actual compression test, the friction effect along the responding effective strain (i') at fracture (limit formability
interface can be minimized and sometimes eliminated through
strain 1>e) is determined from
the use of the proper lubricant. The effect of lubrication on
metal flow and deformation during compression has been ex- 1 r()
amined by Shabaik, (20) and his results are shown in Fig. 4. 1>e=i'= V3 L
Differences in the grid distortion at any instance of deforma-
where,. is the specimen radius, IJ is the final angle of twist, and
tion between the lubricated case and the unlubricated case can
L is the gauge section length.
be seen. These results show that for the unlubricated case
radial flow of the deforming material at the interface is 3 Tension Test. In the tension test a specimen is sub-
restricted. As a result the originally straight outside surface jected to a continually increasing uniaxial tensile force. The
becomes bulged or barreled. As the deformation continues deformation in the tensile bar is uniform across the gage
folding, where material from the sides of the specimen comes length until the maximum load is reached. At this point
in Contact with the platen, takes place (see Fig. 4(a) when t:..h localized deformation (necking) begins to take place. After
:= 0.409" of a specimen that was originally 1.0" in height i.e., necking the state of stress is no longer uniform. In metalform-
40.9 percent red. in height). For the lubricated case deforma- ing processes where tensile stresses are applied, localized neck-
tionis almost identical to that of uniform deformation with no ing renders a part unacceptable. In this case the forming limit
eVidence of folding. Deformation is, therefore, purely uniaxial strain 1>e is determined by the effective strain (i') at necking,
compression. and since the region from yielding to necking is one of

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Table 1 I<'orming limit strain tP e A 1<1:
Specimen No. Forming Limit Strains
Compression : Torsion : Tension
({3 = - 1) : ({3 = 0) : ({3 = 1)
1.0 I
1 1.310 : .609 .146
2 1.296 : .628 .166
3 1.270 : .617 .141
4 1.268 : .593 .131
5 : .612 .182
6 : .602 .207
7 I .166
8 I .148 -1.0 --I' 1.0
9 I .121
Fig. 8 Forming limit curve for bulk metalworking processes
Average Point A corresponds to compression
cf>e Point B corresponds to torsion
Value 1.275 .610 .156 Point C corresponds to tension

limit strain ¢e are given in Table 1. Photographs of the various

specimens after deformation are shown in Fig. 7. Details of
the fracture surfaces are also shown in Fig. 7. The forming
limit curve based on these three tests is shown in Fig. 8. From
the figure it is clear that as the magnitude of the spherical state
of stress increases, the forming limit strain of the material
Photographs of the specimens after compression to the
limiting strain (approximately 1.275 logarithmic strain), Fig.
7(a) show that the ring machined for lubricant entrapment,
Fig. 5, remained on the outside of the contact area after defor-
mation with no evidence of folding from the cylindrical sur-
face. This indicates that the method of entrapping and pro-
viding a pool of lubricant at the interface was effective in
maintaining a pure compressive deformation.

The formability limit curve of materials gives information
about its formability potential as a function of the stress state.
This stress state is determined by the metalworking system.
This information is essential for the design of the forming pro-
cess and for optimum utilization of materials and processes.
A new workability criterion was proposed and tests were
utilized to arrive at the shape of the forming limit curve for
AISI 1043 steel. The testing techniques are simple and are per-
formed using standard equipment and specimens. The cor-
responding states of stress do not involve complex procedures
for the determination of their components. Forming limit
Fig. 7 Deformed specimens and fracture surface (a) Compression, (b) strains are easily measured and the determination of the form-
tension, (c) torsion ing limit strain is easily obtained. The forming limiting strain
curve obtained from these three tests covers a practical range
of applications to a number of metal working processes.
uniform plastic deformation, the state of stress and strain are
given by Acknowledgment
ITJ = it, IT2 = IT} = 0, ITm =-3- IT, This work was performed in the laboratories of the Institute
for Production Engineering - FTN, University of Novi Sad,
Yugoslavia. The research described in this paper is supported
El=E=ln[~o], E2=E}= +E by the National Science Foundation (USA) under Grant No.
YOR 80/008 and the Self-Management Community for
According to this state of stress and state of strain Research of Voivodina, Yugoslavia. The authors wish to
thank Barbara Brooks for typing the manuscript.
{3 = 3IT m = 1.0
and the corresponding forming limit strain
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Life Management of Energy Conversion Systems - A New Frontier
Albany Marriott
Albany, NY
October 5-7, 1987

ASME's Materials Division is making plans for a second international conference to follow the 1983 Conference on "Ad-
vances in Life Prediction Methods." The objective for the planned conference is to combine a number of disciplines which
are now being developed and are leading to a comprehensive approach to life management.
The three major topics which will be covered in the conference and provide the framework for a comprehensive life manage-
ment methodology are:
- Monitoring and Diagnostics - includes NDE techniques and analysis, sensor development, damage measurement, and
application of expert systems.
- Life Prediction - includes damage assessment, stress analysis, multiaxial formulations, deterministic and probabilistic
methods, and comparison with experience.
- Repair and Refurbishment - includes welding, brazing, metal spraying, alternate design concepts, and effectiveness of
The conference committee is particularly interested in receiving papers describing new scientific and engineering
measurements, analyses, and processes.
The applications are expected to include nuclear and fossil generating plant, chemical plant, aircraft engines, and other in-
dustrial products involving mechanical design. It is planned to have at least one keynote presentation in each of the major
areas. Depending on the response, it is anticipated that one or more workshops may be organized to address special themes.
It is also proposed that an assessment forum will consider the current state of development of the technology of life manage-
ment and provide guidance on future directions.

All potential paper contributors should submit abstracts of up to 500 words to:
Monitoring and Diagnostics Life Prediction Repair and Refurbishment
E. L. Hofmeister E. Krempl D. A. Woodford
General Electric Company Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Materials
Corporate Research and Development Aeronautical Engineering, Engineering
Building 37 Room 215 and Mechanics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Schenectady, NY 12301 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 12180
Troy, NY 12180

The conference proceedings will be published in a special bound volume.

Time Table
July, 1986 Call for Abstracts
November 1, 1986 Final Date for Abstract Acceptance
March 1, 1987 Deadline for Receipt of Manuscript

Steering Committee
J. R. Whitehead, Chairman
E. L. Hofmeister, Technical Co-Chairman
E. Krempl, Technical Co-Chairman
D. A. Woodford, Technical Co-Chairman
D. K. Crounse

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