Rolling of hot strip and strip defects Jan14

Rolling of hot strip and strip defects...

Rolling of hot strip and strip defects Rolling is one of the most important industrial metal forming operations. Hot Rolling is employed for rolling of steel slabs to hot strips in hot strip mills.  Like any other hot rolling operations, rolling of hot strip is also a plastic deformation of the material of the slab caused by compressive force applied through a set of rolls. The cross section of the slab is reduced by the hot rolling process. The material gets squeezed between a pair of rolls, as a result of which the thickness gets reduced and the length gets increased. Rolling of hot strip is done at high temperature because of requirement of large deformations. Hot rolling results in residual stress free strip. Normally, oxide scaling is accompanied with the hot rolling, due to which dimensional accuracy is inferior when compared with the dimensional accuracy of the cold rolled strips. For rolling of hot strip, the slabs are heated initially at 1100 deg C to 1300 deg C. The temperature in the last finishing stand of the hot strip mill varies from 700 deg C to 900 deg C. It is always to be above the upper critical temperature to produce uniform equiaxed ferrite grains. The objective during the rolling of hot strip is to decrease the thickness of the slab with an increase in the length and with very little increase in the width. The material in the centre of the strip is constrained in the direction across the width of the strip and the constraints of undeformed shoulders of material on each side of the rolls prevent extension of the strip in the direction of the width. This condition is known as plane strain. The material therefore gets longer and not...

Defects in Thermo Mechanical Processing of Metals...

Defects in Thermo Mechanical Processing of Metals  Thermo mechanical processing of materials is a technique designed to improve the mechanical properties by controlling the hot-deformation process. This was originally designed to produce the required external shape of the product. Controlled rolling, controlled-cooling and direct-quenching are typical examples of thermo mechanical processing. Such processing saves energy in the manufacture of steel by minimizing or even eliminating the heat treatment after hot-deformation, thus increasing the productivity for high grade steels. It normally requires a change in alloy design and often reduces the productivity of the hot deformation process itself, but at the same time makes it possible to reduce the total amount of alloying additions and to improve weldability, while sometimes producing new and beneficial characteristics in the steel. Thermo mechanical processing is the sophisticated combination of well-defined deformation operations and well-defined heat treatment in a single production stage to control the microstructure of the material being formed. It produces materials with the desired external qualities (dimensions, shape and surface quality) and acceptable mechanical properties. The process is normally considered as the final stage in the production of steels. Thermo mechanical process defects are usually focused on individual forming technique. The defects generally range from mostly macroscopic ‘form and fracture’ related defects to defects related to strain localizations, as well as imperfections related to microstructure.  The defects in case of thermo mechanical processing have two possible origins namely (i) process related, and/or (ii) metallurgical. The first one is usually related fully to the practices of the thermo mechanical processes including the forming techniques and the heat treatment, while the metallurgical origin defects can range from the starting solidification structure to structural developments during thermo mechanical process. It is difficult to establish a clear demarcation between the...

Metallurgical Processes and Defects in Steel Products...

Metallurgical Processes and Defects in Steel Products Defects in steel products are defined as deviations in appearance, shape, dimension, macro-structure / micro-structure, and/or chemical properties when compared with the specifications given in the technical standards or any other normative documents in force. Defects are detected either through visual inspection or with the help of instruments and equipments. There are four main metallurgical processes for the manufacture of finished steel products where the steel products can pick up defects. The defects picked up during these processes are (i) casting defects, (ii) rolling defects, (iii) forging defects, and (iv) welding defects. (Fig 1).These defects are described below. Fig 1 Metallurgical processes and steel product defects Casting defects Casting is a forming process which converts liquid steel into a solid product. In foundries liquid steel is cast into complex shapes by pouring of liquid steel into a mould in which it sets to the required shape. In steel plants, liquid steel is normally continuously cast in the form of slab (either thick or thin), bloom or billets. Casting defects are defined as those characteristics which create a deficiency or imperfection exceeding quality limits imposed by design and service requirements. Defects in foundry cast steel products There are in general three broad categories of defects in the foundry cast steel products. These are (i) the major or most severe defects which result in scraping or rejection of castings, (ii) intermediate defects which permit salvaging of castings through necessary repairs, and (iii) minor defects which can be easily repaired. Common defects which generally occur in castings are given below. Porosity – It consists of the spherical holes of varying size, with bright walls, usually evenly distributed and formed due to the gases in the liquid steel. The larger holes...

Rolling Process for Steel Mar27

Rolling Process for Steel...

Rolling Process for Steel Rolling is the process of plastically deforming steel by passing it between rolls. Rolling is defined as the reduction of the cross sectional area of the steel piece being rolled, or the general shaping of the steel products, through the use of the rotating rolls. Rolling of steel is one of the most important manufacturing processes for steel. It is usually the first step in the processing of steel after it is made and cast either in Ingot or continuous cast product in a steel melting shop. The initial rolling of steel is done in a hot rolling mill where blooms and slabs are rolled down to various rolled products such as plate, sheet, strip, coil, billet, structures, rails, bars and rods. Cold rolling of steel is also carried out for some products. Many of these rolled products such as rails and reinforcement bars etc. are directly used by the consumers while the other rolled products are the starting raw materials for subsequent manufacturing operations such as forging, sheet metal working, wire drawing, extrusion, machining, and fabrication industry. Steel rolling can produce a wide range of products. The width of a rolled product can vary from a few millimeters to several meters while the thickness can vary from 0.1 mm to more than 200 mm. The rolled section can be square, rectangular, round or shaped sections. Different rolling processes for steel are shown in Fig 1 Fig 1 Rolling processes of steels Principle of rolling steel During rolling, steel work piece is subjected to high compressive stresses as a result of the friction between the rolls and the surface of work piece being rolled. The work piece is plastically deformed by the compressive forces between two constantly rotating rolls. These...