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Sheet metal forming

Sheet metal is integral to a monocoque construction and thus the basic structure of a vehicle. Stricter safety regulations and increasing demands on design and construction necessitate a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms involved in sheet forming. Smaller drawing radii, greater draw depths and higher-strength alloys, while component geometry remains essentially the same, require a precise knowledge of material and processing parameters.

By taking a holistic approach to the process chain, the AIT in collaboration with university partners in Austria and abroad has been able to develop a thorough understanding of the relevant process parameters. While developing this knowledge, investment has also been made in a new infrastructure which provides a platform for addressing fundamental research issues as well as industry-related problems.

Our services

  • Addressing sheet metal forming issues
  • Profile bending optimization
  • Manufacturing of Demonstrators and testing of industry-grade sheet metal structures
  • Testing to improve formability, in particular that of high-strength alloys
  • Support with forming processes in a technological as well as scientific capacity

Lecture by Johannes Österreicher (LKR) on warm forming of 7xxx alloys at THERMEC 2021