Topics & Mini-Symposia

The IDDRG 2018 Conference focuses on the general topic of “Forming of high performance sheet materials and components”. In addition to the main conference topics, sessions with a detailed focus on specific aspects and current challenges in the field of sheet metal forming will be organized by internationally renowned experts.
These topics include:

  • AHSS and Gen-3 steels
  • Hot Stamping – all aspects including tailoring, tooling, furnace, new materials, etc.
  • Warm/hot forming of aluminum, magnesium, and titanium (mini-symposium)
  • Formability characterization methodologies
  • Constitutive modelling and formability prediction
  • Interaction of forming and crashworthiness
  • Local versus global formability
  • Sheared edge formability (mini-symposium)
  • Tribology and wear
  • Other Aspects of Sheet Metal Forming


Mini-symposium: Sheared Edge Formability

Mini-symposium organizer: Sergey Golovashchenko, Oakland University

Fracture from sheared edges remains a challenge in sheet metal stamping as well as in performance of stamped components during their life. This mini-symposium solicits paper on both experimental and modelling efforts quantifying sheared edge performance in laboratory and production environments, methods of testing sheared edge formability, manufacturing methods improving sheared edge formability, analysis of effect of various cutting parameters on sheared edge formability, effects of various modes of sheet metal deformation prior to shearing, influence of wear of cutting tools on sheared edge formability, and quantifying edge formability after cutting with other methods (such as laser cutting, water jet cutting, hydropiercing, etc.).

Mini-symposium: Warm and Hot Forming of Light Metals

Mini-symposium organizers: Hyunok Kim, EWI and Cliff Butcher, University of Waterloo

This mini-symposium solicits papers on the deformation of light metals at elevated temperatures with an emphasis upon experimental and numerical characterization to support industrial applications. Focus areas include warm and hot forming of high strength aluminum alloys, magnesium and titanium alloys, formability characterization and prediction, use of digital image correlation at high temperature, constitutive model development, and tribology aspects including lubrication and coatings.


Important Dates

Abstract Submission November 24, 2017
Abstract Notification December 15 , 2017
Manuscript Submission February 23, 2018
Revised Manuscript Submission March 30, 2018 (or as communicated in review response)
Manuscript Deadline April 13, 2018
Registration Deadline for Speakers April 27, 2018
Registration Deadline for Reduced Fees April 27, 2018

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed.

IDDRG 2018 Proceedings

  • Accepted manuscripts will be published in an Open Access volume of IOP Science Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering.
  • The manuscripts will be subject to independent peer review by members of the Scientific Committee.
  • All contributions will be checked for thematic suitability to mini-symposia topics and in case of conformity are allocated appropriately.
  • Please note that authors who wish to publish in IOP Conference Series must agree to the terms of the IOP Proceedings Licence and by submitting a paper for publication it is assumed all authors of the paper agree, in full, to the terms of the licence. The licence terms and conditions are available online.
  • Selected papers will be invited for submission in a thematic issue of the International Journal of Metal Forming (after the conference).

IOP Science Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

  • Manuscripts based on accepted abstracts should be submitted to by February 9, 2018.
  • Guidelines for manuscript preparation are found here.
  • Papers are required to be either 6 or 8 pages in length.


The IDDRG (International Deep-Drawing Research Group) was started in the late 1950’s as an organization of national groups devoted to the study of sheet metal forming including forming processes, materials, formability issues, tooling, tribology and many other interesting aspects of sheet metal forming research and industrial practices.

The IDDRG conference is a gathering for the world’s leading production specialists and researchers from all over the world for fruitful discussions on challenging technical topics in sheet metal forming technology.

The conference is designed to provide a rich environment for knowledge development, discussions and interactions.