Harnessing Magnetoplasticity for Low-Temperature Forming of Thick-Gauge Armored Steels
The goal of the Phase II research is to demonstrate the forming of armored steel plate using magnetoplasticity. This technology, called Mag Forming, is based on the phase I results that will demonstrate a new forming technology, by creating samples using a V form tool and quantify the technology’s capability to allow complex die forming of armored steel components for applications ranging from underbelly protection to light truck door skins. The research will design and build the tools required to create the V forms from RHA and HHA with a bend radius less than or equal to three times the material thickness and generate the data required to produce a forming limit diagram all while maintaining 95% of the preformed RHA and HHA properties.
The research will demonstrate a new forming technology, called Mag Forming, that will enable complex die forming of armored steel components for applications ranging from underbelly protection to light truck door skins. Additionally, the process creates conditions that enables greater formability of rolled homogenous armor (RHA) and high hard (Hi-hard) armor for material thicknesses up to 50 mm while maintaining 95% of the pre-processed material properties.