Deep Drawing Defects

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Common Deep Drawing Defects

The three major common defects which occur during DD are fracture, wrinkling, and tearing. A fracture occurs when the sheet metal is subjected to strains exceeding the safe strain limits of the material. For ductile sheets, this fracture usually occurs near the punch corner. It is because the maximum forming load appears in the material in this region and also stress concentration lines are converging in this section. Once this necking exceeds a certain value, a fracture appears in the drawn cup.

Wrinkling occurs in the flange when compressive stresses in the circumferential direction reach a critical point of instability.
It can occur in regions where the workpiece is unsupported or when the blank holding force is insufficient.

Deep drawing of anisotropic sheets results in a drawn cup with an uneven top edge i.e. some kind of ears are formed at the top as shown in Fig.

Wrinklings as one of the deep drawing defects
Wrinklings as one of the deep drawing defects

Conventional Deep Drawing

In the conventional deep drawing (CDD) process, the sheet metal is formed into a cup-shaped component. In this process, a flat circular
sheet of metal called blank is placed over the opening in the die and then pushed through and deformed by a moving punch. As the punch
moves downward, the outer annulus of the blank(flange) moves radially inward. The tendency of the flange to fold upward(wrinkling) is restricted by the blank holder force. In CDD, the majority of the deformation occurs in the flange of the cup. The metal is subjected to three different types of stress systems.

Problems encountered in conventional deep drawing

Some of the problems encountered during the conventional deep drawing operation are:

  • Difficulty in finding the metal flow precisely.
  • Difficulty in setting the criteria for the stability of the metal forming process.
  • The complexity involved in the selection of precise process parameters and proper press tool design parameters.
  • Large deformation during a deep drawing at room temperature causes problems in forming high-strength, low-formability materials like magnesium, aluminum alloys etc
  • Deformation-induced transformation of microstructure as in the case of austenitic stainless steels.
  • Number of tools required to produce the desired defect-free component

Limitations of Conventional Deep

The main limitations of conventional deep drawing are:

A very high limiting draw ratio cannot be obtained due to excessive thinning and fracture in the cup wall, associated with large draw ratios. For most of the common sheet materials, an LDR of more than 2.2-2.3 is extremely difficult to achieve.

These stresses have an influence on the thickness variation in the drawn cup. The primary deformation occurs in the flange of the deforming which undergoes radial tension and circumferential compression. Because of this, the thickness increases in the flange portion. The second deformation zone is the bending around the die radius while the third deformation zone is the uni-axial stretching (plane strain) in the cup wall, which causes thinning of the metal. Very sharp corners of the punch and the dying lead to fracture. High friction between the die and the sheet puts a limit on the LDR and increases the punch force required for drawing

The surface finish of the component obtained usually is of low quality due to the friction between the sheet and the punch and between the die and the sheet Beyond a certain extent enhancement in formability is not possible because of the inherent limitations of conventional sheet-forming processes. But it was shown that higher forming limits than in conventional forming processes would be possible with the modification of the process itself.

Non-Conventional Deep Drawing

Non-conventional deep drawing is one in which other than the usual mechanical punch like hydraulic, pneumatic, gas, etc., is used to provide the required force or some additional means are used along with the conventional method to improve the forming characteristics of a
material. Some of the nonconventional deep drawing operations are hydro-forming (HF), hydro-mechanical forming (HMDD), warm deep drawing (WDD), superplastic forming (SPF) electromagnetic forming (EMF), incremental forming (IF), etc.

Advantages of non-conventional deep drawing

Metals can be deep drawn which, otherwise, cannot be made at room temperature due to their poor forming characteristics.

  • Possibility of deep drawing high strength low formability metals and alloys.
  • Components of the very thin sheets (less than 0.5 mm) can be drawn successfully.
  • Lesser forming force to form the component.Reduction in the number of tools required for producing the desired part and hence the reduction in production cost.
  • Decrease in the probability of defect formation on the product surface.

Limitations of non-conventional deep drawing

The higher capital cost of the additional equipment in some of the processes like hydroforming, and electromagnetic forming. These processes are justifiable only when the production quantities are larger.

  • In some processes like electromagnetic forming, gas forming, and operational safety is the primary concern.
  • Considerable operational time, as in superplastic forming, etc., and hence the productivity is lower and the cost of the part is higher.
  • Numerous process parameters need to be optimized in order to achieve a defect-free component

Deep Drawing Defects

Deep drawing defects
Deep drawing defects


Iron consists principally in reducing the wall thickness of the cup by restricting the clearance between the punch and the die to a value less than the blank thickness. The punch load is of primary importance in ironing because it determines the tension in the cup walls and hence the maximum reduction possible for a given punch load. A theoretical study of ironing has been reported in reference and an experimental investigation was carried out using hemispherical head punches for the different conditions of wall thinning, die profile, and lubrication


It is the transfer of some particles from the cup wall into the part of the die in contact with it. It causes damage to the die surface. It depends on the hardness o the blank and the lubricant’s effectiveness. It can be avoided by keeping the die surface in very good surface quality and using efficient lubricants to reduce friction between the cup and the die surface in contact with it.

Orange Peeling

It occurs at the outer surface of the cup when the grain size of its material is large it can be avoided by reducing the grain size prior to drawing either by heat treatment or by adding grain refining the grains with the addition of the appropriate refiners.


Earing is one of the defects which is commonly observed in the deep drawing process. By definition, earing is the uneven height at the edge of a drawn product, forming a series of peaks and valleys along its circumference. Kishor and Kumar (2002) defined earing as the formation of waviness on the top of the drawn cup.

The number of ears formed is commonly four (Hosford and Caddell, 2007), but might also be two, six, or eight, depending on the thermo-mechanical processing and microstructure of the sheet. During deep drawing, the sheet metal is subjected to a different amount of plastic strain for each angle relative to the rolling direction, which causes a different amount of elongation resulting in the formation or ears. The difference in the number of elongations results in the formation of ears.

The difference in the amount of plastic deformation at different angles is due to the anisotropic properties of the material. Earing in the deep drawing is usually not desirable as the ears serve no purpose and will have to be cut off, resulting in loss of material, production rate, and increase in production costs

It is caused by planar anisotropy which is due to variations in the mechanical behavior of the sheet from its plane to any other direction inclined or perpendicular to it they are normally even in number 2
or 4 or 6. The worst number is 8 in the case of the brass blank. They appear on the upper part of the drawn cup and are treated by trimming. The photograph in Figure 10 clearly shows the ears on the steel specimen.


It might take place at the inner region of the annular part of the rim near the die profile if the holding down pressure is high which stops the blank from sliding and bending over the die profile radius, or it might take place in the maximum thinning region in the clearance region near the punch profile which is subjected to bending and stretching as clearly indicated in Figure 11.


Wrinkling is one of the major defects that occur in sheet metal forming by the conventional deep drawing process. Wrinkling may be a serious obstacle to a successful forming process and to the assembly of parts, and may also play a significant role in the wear of tools. In order to improve productivity and the quality of products, wrinkling must be avoided. Wrinkling is a kind of buckling phenomenon that prevents from forming of the sheet.

If the buckling takes place in a flange area it is well known as well as it is called puckering if takes place on the wall of the cup. The schematic diagram in Figure 2.12 shows the mechanism of wrinkling initiation and growth in the cylindrical cup deep drawing process and Figure 2.13 shows an example of wrinkling after the deep drawing test.

During the deep drawing process, the sheet under the blank holder is drawn into the deformation zone by the punch. As a result, compressive hoop stress and thus wrinkling can be developed in the sheet metal under the holder (flange wrinkling) as well as those in the side wall, as wrinkling is a phenomenon of compressive instability.

The magnitude of the compressive stress necessary to initiate the side-wall wrinkling is usually smaller than that for the flange wrinkling since the wall is relatively unsupported. Hence, the formation of side-wall wrinkles is relatively easier especially when the ratio of the unsupported dimension to sheet thickness is large.

There are several factors that lead to the wrinkling formation like the retaining force of the blank, the geometrical parameters of the die, the frictions that appear during deep-drawing between the blank and the work elements of the die, the material characteristics and anisotropy, the contact conditions, the part geometry, the mechanical properties of the material, the imperfections in the structure and the initial state of internal tensions of the material, etc.

The wrinkling which occurs in the deep drawing process can be divided into two types that is corrugation which is flange instability and bending over that is the instability in the body of the piece. The phenomenon of wrinkling is specific to the process of deep drawing and also depends on the position in the piece in which it occurs.

Usually, the retaining force has to increase along with the increase of the deep drawing depth but it has to take note that if its value is too big it can lead to cracks and even a break of the material. The main geometric parameter of the die which influences the wrinkling is the diameter of the punch. In the case of friction between the piece and the tool, the increase of the coefficient of friction determines the wrinkling to reduce but the high value of the coefficient can cause cracks and material breakage.

This defect starts in the rim region of the blank and travels towards the middle region, the clearance zone between the punch and die profiles, by the continuation of the deep drawing process, as indicated in Figure 11. Examination of the available literature reveals that experimental research work on this important defect is relatively little compared to the analytical and theoretical work.

The critical dimensions of the rim at the onset of wrinkling were given in reference where it was stated that wrinkling depends on the properties of the blank thickness and its mechanical properties in addition to the shape and dimensions of the die set and the method by which the holding down pressure is applied. The experimental work of reference revealed that the resistance to wrinkling increases with the increase of strain percentage; which explains the use of the draw-beads in the deep drawing process to reduce the liability to wrinkling.

The authors of reference found the critical values of stress and punch displacement at which wrinkling starts to occur. They also agree with the authors of reference that both the critical stress and displacement increase with the increase of strain in the process.