This article describes the phenomena behind electrically driven forming processes. Then it explains the implementations made in the simulation software FORGE® (unrelated to this publication’s name) to support these processes. Finally, the article describes an example of the Electrically Assisted Forming (EAF) process.
Recently, electrically and electromagnetically driven forming processes have gained significant industrial interest. The main reason is that these processes stretch the formability of materials. This is very useful when dealing with sheet-metal forming since it reduces the risk of wrinkling and cracking during the forming process. It also enables designers to reach a larger pool of materials that could not be considered without electrification because of their low formability.