Safety in Rolling Mills...

Safety in Rolling Mills Worldwide, as the rolling speeds are increasing, greater emphasis is being placed on the aspects of safety while designing the mill equipment as well as during the finalization of the mill layouts. Providing high importance to safety is in the best interest of the designers, manufacturers and the users of the rolling mills. Safeguarding of the mill equipment is necessary for ensuring the safe working of the rolling mill after its commissioning. Manufacturers of the rolling mills have the objective to produce a competitive mill, while users desire to have a highly productive mill. However, before any of these objectives can be met, both the manufacturer and the user are to first determine how to engineer the mill using safe design principles to minimize operator’s risks. Investing in a safer workplace also reduces the expenses of treating injured workers, helps preventing workplace accidents besides boosting employees’ morale by conveying the message that the organization cares about its employees and wants to protect their health and safety. A brief overview of safety requirements for the equipment of rolling mill is given below. Common safety related definitions Safety is the ability of the equipment to perform its function while being transported, installed, adjusted, operated, maintained, dismantled, and disposed of under conditions of intended use specified in the instruction manual without causing injury or damage to health of the people carrying out these functions. Risk is a comprehensive estimate of the probability and the degree of the possible injury or damage to the health in a hazardous situation in order to select appropriate safety measures. Hazard is a condition or set of circumstances which can cause physical harm to the exposed personnel. Danger zone is any zone within or around the equipment in...

Rolling of Steel in small and medium sized Rolling Mills Jun09

Rolling of Steel in small and medium sized Rolling Mills...

Rolling of Steel in small and medium sized Rolling Mills Rolling of steel consists of passing the material, usually termed as rolling stock, between two rolls driven at the same peripheral speed in opposite directions (i.e. one clockwise and the second anti-clockwise) and so spaced that the distance between them is somewhat less than the thickness of the steel section entering them. In these conditions, the rolls grip the material and deliver it reduced in thickness, increased in length and probably somewhat increased in width. This is one of the most widely used processes among all the metal forming processes, because of its higher productivity, close control of the rolled product, and lower operating cost. Rolling is able to produce a product which is having constant cross section throughout its length. Many shapes and sections are possible to roll by the steel rolling process. Rolling of steel is a metal forming process used for plastic deformation of the steel. Plastic deformation is caused by the compressive forces applied through the rotating rolls. High compressive stresses are as a result of the friction between the rolls and the surface of the steel material. The steel material gets squeezed between the pair of rolls mounted in a roll stand, as a result of which the thickness of the steel being rolled gets reduced and the length is increased. Steel sections are generally rolled in several passes, whose number is determined by the ratio of initial input material and final cross section of finished product. The cross section area is reduced in each pass and form and the size of the rolling stock gradually approach to the desired profile. Mostly, rolling is done at high temperature, which is called hot rolling, because of requirement of large deformations....

Understanding Rolling Process in Long Product Rolling Mill Nov27

Understanding Rolling Process in Long Product Rolling Mill...

Understanding Rolling Process in Long Product Rolling Mill  Steel rolling consists of passing the material, usually termed as rolling stock, between two rolls driven at the same peripheral speed in opposite directions (i.e. one clockwise and the second anti-clockwise) and so spaced that the distance between them is somewhat less than the thickness of the section entering them. In these conditions, the rolls grip the material and deliver it reduced in thickness, increased in length and probably somewhat increased in width. This is one of the most widely used processes among all the metal working processes, because of its higher productivity and lower operating cost. Rolling is able to produce a product which is having constant cross section throughout its length. Many shapes and sections are possible to roll by the steel rolling process. Steel sections are generally rolled in several passes, whose number is determined by the ratio of initial input material and final cross section of finished product. The cross section area is reduced in each pass and form and the size of the stock gradually approach to the desired profile. Rolling accounts for about 90 % of all materials produced by metal working process. It was first developed in the late 1500s. Hot Rolling is carried out at elevated temperature above the re-crystallization temperature. During this phase, the coarse-grained, brittle, and porous structure of the continuously cast steel is broken down into a wrought structure having finer grain size and improved properties. A long product rolling mill comprised of equipment for reheating, rolling and cooling. The primary objectives of the rolling stage are to reduce the cross section of the incoming stock and to produce the planned section profile, mechanical properties and microstructure of the product. Major parameters in the three...

Production of Seamless Pipes Jul26

Production of Seamless Pipes...

Production of Seamless Pipes  Pipes are either seamless or welded. The manufacturing processes for seamless pipes were developed towards the end of the nineteenth century. In spite of many earlier tests, trials and technologies, the invention of the cross roll piercing process by the Mannesmann brothers towards the end of the 1880s is widely regarded as signaling the commencement of industrial scale production of seamless pipes. In the cross roll piercing process, the roll axes were arranged parallel to the stock axis but an angle to the stock plane. With the rolls rotating in the same direction, this arrangement produced a helical passage for the stock through the roll gap. Moreover the exit speed was slower by about the power of 10 than the circumferential speed of the rolls. By introducing a piercing mandrel arranged in the roll gap, solid round materials could be pierced to produce a hollow shell in the rolling heat by the action of the cross rolls. However, it was not yet possible to produce pipes of normal wall thicknesses in usable lengths by the cross piercing process alone. It was only after development and introduction of a second forming process namely ‘the pilger rolling process’ (again by Mannesmann brothers), it became possible and economically viable to produce seamless steel pipes. The pilger process also constituted an unusual and innovative technology in that the thick walled hollow shell was elongated to the finished pipe dimension by the discontinuous forging action of the pilger rolls (or dies) on a mandrel located inside the hollow shell. Presently seamless pipe is made from round billet, which is pierced through the center to make it a hollow shell and then rolled or extruded and drawn to size. The seamless pipe manufacturing process consists of...

Roll Pass Design Jun18

Roll Pass Design

Roll Pass Design  Long products are normally rolled in several passes, whose numbers are determined by the ratio of the initial input steel material (square or round billet or bloom) and final cross section of finished product. The cross section area is reduced in each pass and form and size of the steel material being rolled gradually approach to the desired profile. Rolling is carried out between grooved rolls. Two opposite grooves in the collaborating rolls form a pass, which corresponds to a work piece’s cross section shape expected after the pass. After every pass, the cross section decreases and its shape becomes closer to a shape of the final product. Development of subsequent pass shapes and its proper location on the rolls is called the roll pass design. Roll pass design is an essential part of long product rolling process, since the long products are rolled between the shaped rolls in the long product rolling mills. Roll pass design generally means the cutting of grooves in the roll body through which steel to be rolled is made to pass sequentially to get the desired contour and size. The primary objective of the roll pass design is to ensure production of a product of correct profile within the tolerance limits, free of defects, with good surface quality and the required mechanical properties. In addition, economic condition must be achieved while rolling the product, for example, maximum productivity at the lowest cost, optimum energy utilization, easy working conditions for the rolling crew and minimum roll wear. Roll pass design is a set of methods for determining the dimensions, shape, number, and type of arrangement of rolling mill passes. Roll pass design also includes the calculation of pressing forces and their distribution on the roll passes. Several   passes are made for each section; a square or round billet or bloom acquires a specified form on each successive pass. The roll passes are designed to avoid excessive stresses in the steel being rolled, since such stresses can lead to the formation of cracks and other flaws. Roll pass design is based on the characteristics of initial input...