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Metal Forming Laboratory (MFL)

The Metal Forming Laboratory (MFL) of the MMRI is engaged in a wide range of scientific and applied research on many aspects of sheet metal forming to provide a basic understanding of the factors that control the formability of sheet materials into desirable components.

At the MFL, we believe in the following five principles:

    1. Potential
    2. Interaction
    3. Research
    4. Development
    5. Design

About Us

MMRI at McMaster University is a premier Manufacturing Research Institute in Canada. TheMetal Forming Laboratory (MFL) of MMRI isengaged in a wide range of scientific and applied research on many aspects of sheet metal forming to provide a basic understanding of the factors that control the formability of sheet materials into desirable components.

Our Strategy

  • To develop understanding by selective and novel experimental investigation to characterize the forming behaviour of sheet and the interaction of sheet and tooling.
  • To develop innovative die design and process development solutions to industrial stamping problems.
  • To establish essential linkages with industrial partners, other national and international universities and Government institutions and laboratories to broaden its knowledge and experience base.
  • Where applicable and appropriate, to apply numerical simulations to forming problems and operations, in order to:
  1. Gain insight into forming operations and material behaviour not achievable by any other means
  2. Provide a framework for application modeling in joint development programs with industrial partners
  3. Be actively involved in the development of numerical methods and modeling techniques that could alter the way in which forming operations are simulated numerically.

Our Facilities

MFL has a variety of facilities and experimental setups. Our facilities include, but are not
limited to the following:

  • Interlaken Press
  • MACRODYNE Press
  • Formability Tests Equipment
  • Tube Bursting System
  • Strain Mapping Systems
    • ARAMIS
    • ARGUS

Our Research

Our major research areas include the following:

Sheet Metal Forming

Tube Forming

Bulk Forming

Test Development

Formability Tests

Forming Strain Measurement

Die Design

Finite Element Modelling

Deformation Modelling of Materials