Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials

Sheet metal forming - industry and research partners

Industry partner profiles

Data M Sheet Metal Solutions (Germany) is one of the leading developers and suppliers of roll forming software ranging from simple design tools for the first flower design up to FEA analysis tools which enable the investigation of complete roll forming processes. DataM has been heavily involved in roll forming research and, for example, is currently engaged in a research project focusing on the further development of the flexible roll forming process.
A.R.M. Roll forming is widely regarded as Australia's leading special sections metal roll forming company, especially in the heavy sections sector. Established in 2001, ARM Roll forming provides a world class metal design, roll forming, fabrication and project management service to a wide range of national and international engineering projects. The Director, Henry Wolfkamp has 25 years experience in the roll forming industry and has been actively engaged in roll forming research and development for many years.
BlueScope Steel is Australia`s largest producer of roll formed building and construction products and the major supplier of galvanised and pre-painted sheet in Australia. The company has been a constructive partner of Deakin University in the STAMP project, a government funded collaboration between several Australian universities, steel suppliers and the automotive industry.
The Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corporation (WISCO) is China`s second largest steel producer. The company has recently established the joint Centre for Automotive Steel Research and Innovation (CASRI) with Deakin University. WISCO is interested in the flexible roll forming technology as an alternative to stamping for the forming of advanced and ultra high strength automotive steels.
Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited (Ford Australia) is Australia's third largest automotive manufacturer. Ford Australia is currently a centre of manufacturing excellence in the Asia/Africa/Pacific sector for the global Ford Motor Company. This has involved a large investment since 2007, including a new R&D centre and an upgraded, fully instrumented stamping line at the Geelong site. The need to continually reduce costs and improve productivity and environmental performance through innovation and research is critical to gaining competitive advantage in the automotive industry. For this reason, Deakin University and Ford Australia have had a very active collaboration in sheet metal forming related research for almost 15 years.

Research partners

Cooperative research projects exists with the Mechanical and Manufacturing Department of Mondragon University that focus on advanced material models for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and the further development of the flexible roll forming process. In recent years there has been an extensive exchange of research staff and students.
A partnership with the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of the North China University of Technology has recently been established that aims at the exchange of undergraduate and PhD students. Research will focus on the development of advanced material models for the numerical simulation of the flexible roll forming process.
A partnership exist with the Department of Ferrous Metallurgy and the Institute of Metal Forming of the Aachen University of Technology. This is currently limited to the exchange of undergraduate students for internships as well as mini-thesis (Studienarbeit) and master-thesis (Diplomarbeit) projects.
A cooperative research project with the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente on the product defect compensation in the cold roll forming process has recently been finalised. Future projects and the exchange of undergraduate students is planned.
The Australian National University (ANU) and Deakin University and have been in close collaboration on sheet metal forming related research for almost 15 years. Together they founded the STAMP (Stamping Technologies for Automotive Manufacturing Processes) research program with Ford, which has studied a wide range of sheet metal forming problems. While the research has been largely applied in nature, it has also led to over 100 peer-reviewed publications and the graduation of 14 PhD students and 18 Masters by Research students

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14th March 2013