Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Mechanical, Automotive, and Materials Engineering

First Advisor

Green, Daniel

Second Advisor

Bowers, Randy


DP600, Dual Phase Steel, Electrohydraulic Forming




Electrohydraulic forming (EHF) is a manufacturing technique that transforms electrical energy into work. In EHF, a shockwave is produced as a result of a high-voltage electrical discharge between two electrodes in a water chamber, which travels through water toward the sheet and forms it into the final shape at high velocity. Strain rates can reach 104 s-1 in EHF. DP600 dual phase steel was formed in the Nakazima test in quasi-static (QS) condition, and EHF, performed without a mating die (free forming) and using a 34° conical die (die forming). The sheets were etched with a grid prior to testing to determine strains across each specimen. Analysis of voids was carried out to investigate the micro-mechanisms of failure in DP600 steel formed in these three processes. Nakazima specimens exhibited uniform strain behaviour up to 0.65 effective strain; EHFF up to 0.45 effective strain; and EHDF up to 0.7 effective strain.