Various experimental and numerical works have shown the existence of pressure peaks at the contact interface of draw-bend tests. From this observation, a need has been raised for the re-examination of the methodology to calculate the friction coefficient from the draw-bend friction test. In this paper, the draw-bend friction tests have been simulated by the explicit finite element method. By using 3D finite element models and local axis system, the existence of pressure peaks was confirmed. A non-constant friction model (Stribeck friction model), which is more realistic for sheet metal forming than a constant friction model (Coulomb friction model), was implemented into the finite element code. Simulations were performed with constant and non-constant friction models. From the comparisons, the effect of existence of pressure peaks on the friction measurement was evaluated.