Steel Wire Rods

Steel Wire Rods Steel wire rod is a semi-finished product which is rolled from steel billet in a wire rod mill and is used primarily for the manufacture of wire. For a steel plant it is a finished product. The steel for wire rod is produced by all the modern steelmaking processes, including the basic oxygen and electric furnace processes. Steel wire rod is usually cold drawn into wire suitable for further processing such as cold rolling, cold heading, cold upsetting, cold extrusion, cold forging, or hot forging. Although wire rod may be produced in several regular shapes (round, square, hexagonal, and rectangular), most of the wire rods rolled are round in cross section. Round wire rod is usually produced in nominal diameters of 5 mm to 15 mm, advancing in increments of 0.5 mm.  ISO 16124:2004 gives diameters of round steel wire rods ranging from 5 mm to 50 mm, advancing in increments of 0.5 mm up to 20 mm and thereafter in the increments of 1 mm. As the wire rod comes out of the rolling mill, it is formed into coils. The coils are secured either tying with a wire or strapped with a strapping band. In each coil, wire rod is continuous without any break.  Internal diameter of a wire rod coil usually varies in the range of 810 mm to 910 mm depending on the mill equipment. The external diameter of the wire rod coil depends on its weight and usually it is in the range of 1100 mm to 1300 mm. The coil weight can vary from mill to mill and normally it is in the range of 600 kg to 2.5 tons. Coil weights that exceed the capabilities of the rolling mill sometimes can be obtained by welding...

Bar, Rod and Wire Drawing May26

Bar, Rod and Wire Drawing...

Bar, Rod and Wire Drawing  Drawing is a metal working process that forms steel work piece by reducing its cross section. This is accomplished by forcing the work piece through a die of smaller cross sectional area than the work piece. In the process of drawing the work piece is pulled through the die by means of a tensile force applied at the exit end of the die. When steel work piece is drawn, it is drawn at room temperature.  At that point, it is being cold worked or cold forged. Due to the cold working during drawing, geometric and mechanical characteristics of the steel material gets changed, transverse dimensions get reduced (e.g. diameter) and length get increased with no change in volume (waste free processing). As a result of plastic deformation in the drawing die, steel material gets also strengthened which means an increase in strength properties and decrease in plastic properties.  Deformation in drawing is influenced by a number of factors, out of which chemistry, strength of material, temperature, approach angle, lubrication, drawing speed, co efficient of friction, die life and wear, and reduction of area are the most significant. Wire drawing is primarily the same as bar drawing except that it involves smaller diameter material that can be coiled. It is generally performed as a continuous operation on the draw bench. The process of wire drawing has changed very little over the years.  It uses a combination of a die and/or a series of dies to draw wire to a selected gauge. The principle of the process is shown in Fig 1.  Fig 1 Drawing process principle  The drawing process has the following objectives Manufacturing drawn products in the form of bars or wires to a very specific and precise cross...

Steel Wire Ropes

Steel Wire Ropes Steel wire rope, is also known as steel cable.  It is a type of rope which consists of several strands of steel wire laid (twisted) into a helix. Modern wire rope was invented by the German mining engineer Wilhelm Albert in the years between 1831 and 1834 for use in mining. It was quickly accepted because it proved superior to metal chains and ropes made of hemp which was used before. Wilhelm Albert’s first ropes consisted of three strands consisting of four wires each. Wire rope industry in India, which was founded very early, started with coconut fibre ropes, switched to jute fibre, on to ‘Manila’ ropes and then to steel ropes. With the change in the needs, the designing of the wire ropes also undergone major changes with respect to the core, overlay and the weight requirement etc. Wire rope is a machine which consists of a number of precise moving parts, designed and manufactured to bear a definite relation to one another. In fact, some wire ropes contain more moving parts than many complicated mechanisms. For example, a six strand wire rope, laid around and independent wire rope core each strand and core with 49 wires, contains a total of 343 individual wires. All these wires are to work together and move with respect to one another if the rope is to have the flexibility necessary for successful operation. Wire rope has three components (Fig 1) consisting of wires, strands and core. The basic unit of a wire rope is wire which is carefully processed and drawn from selected grades of steel to predetermined physical properties and sizes. A predetermined number of finished wires are helically laid together in a uniform geometric pattern to form a strand. The process is carried out with precision and...