Teaching Metal-Forming Processes Using a Laboratory Micro-extrusion Press

Adi Ben-Artzy, Snir Ben-Ze’ev, Nahum Frage

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Metal forming is widely used in the automotive, aviation, and energy industries. As such, teaching metal-forming processes is very important. These days, universities are often not equipped with suitable laboratories where students can perform metal-forming experiments. Instead, the teaching of metal-forming processes is based on simulations and class demonstrations, with no “hands-on” experience provided. An educational extrusion laboratory was established at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The teaching laboratory contains a micro-hydraulic indirect extrusion press. The students extrude aluminum, as well as magnesium alloys at temperatures up to 650 °C using a variety of dies. The computer-controlled extruder allows online data acquisition of forces, temperature, and movement of the RAM. Students can investigate the effects of the main process parameters on the extrusion forces using different die geometries. Good agreement between measured and calculated extrusion forces was found as well as the influence of extrusion parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


  • Elavated temperature
  • Extrusion
  • Flow
  • Friction
  • Metal forming
  • Teaching
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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