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glossary term

Fluting

The kinking, or breaking of a sheet generally caused by curving the sheet on too small a diameter. Fluting, or paneling as it is often called, can be avoided by working the steel before bending. Cold working, such as temper rolling, stiffens a sheet sufficiently to prevent it from kinking. Steel with a definite yield point (a visible break in the stress-strain curve) will generally tend to flute.

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