Hosford, William F. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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The reduction of the diameter of a metal rod or wire by pulling it through a die. The working region of dies are typically conical (Fig. 1). The tensile stress on the drawn wire, that is, the drawing stress, must be less than the wire's yield strength. Otherwise the drawn section will yield and fail without pulling the undrawn wire though the die. Because of this limitation on the drawing stress, there is a maximum reduction that can be achieved in a single drawing pass. See also: Stress and strain
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