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Metal Rolling Processes & Equipment

Learning OutcomesFundamentals of flat- and shape-rolling processes and their capabilities. The parameters involved in determining quantities such as forces, torque, and power. This chapter provides information on different types of metal rolling processes which can also be divided in to hot and cold rolling process. Types of defects that can develop, and how to avoid or minimize them. Characteristics of rolling mills and the manner in which rolls can be arranged in various configurations for specific purposes.

Subjects of Interest

1. Introduction 2. The Flat-Rolling Process 3. Flat-Rolling Practice 4. Rolling Mills 5. Various Rolling Process and Mills

Introduction Rolling is the process of reducing the thickness or changing the cross-section of a long workpiece by compressive forces applied through a set of rolls.

The Flat Rolling Process

Metal strip (ho) enters the roll gap The strip is reduced (hf) in size by the rotating rolls The surface speed of the rolls is Vr The velocity of the strip (Vo, entry value) is increased (Vf, exit value) the metal strip is reduced in size L: contact length between roller and plate

No slip point/ neutral pt: a point on L where the Vstrip= Vr Left of this point Vstrip Vr

Frictional ForcesRoll move faster Strip move faster

The rolls apply pressure on the flat strip in order to reduce its thickness, resulting in a roll force, F.F ! LwYavgIgnoring the frictional force 13.2 Should add another 20% to include effect of friction

Friction Forces acting on strip forces Max Draft ; h0-hf = 2R R max Draft

The total power (for two rolls)Power ! 2T FLN kW 60,000

Torque per roll, T = FL/ 2

Example :Calculation of roll and torque in flat rolling

An annealed copper strip, 250 mm wide and 25 mm thick, is rolled to a thickness of 20 mm in one pass. The roll radius is 300 mm, and the rolls rotate at 100 rpm. Given that the true stress of annealed copper is about 80 Mpa. In the unstrained condition Calculate the roll force and the power required in this operation.

Example : Calculation of roll and torque in flat rolling

Solution The roll force is determined from Eq. (13.2) in which L is the roll-strip contact length. It can be shown from simple geometry that this length is given approximately by

The average true stress for annealed copper is determined as follows. First note that the absolute value of the true strain that the strip undergoes in this operation is

Example: Calculation of roll and torque in flat rolling

Note that annealed copper has a true stress of about 80 MPa in the unstrained condition, and at a true strain of 0.223, the true stress is 280 MPa. Thus, the average true stress is (80+280)/2=180 MPa. We can now define the roll force asF ! LwYavg 38.7 250 ! v v 180 MPa ! 1.74 MN 1000 1000

The total power is calculated from Eq. (13.3), noting that N = 100 rpm. Thus,2T FLN 38.7 100 6 Power ! ! 2T v 1.74 v 10 v v 60,000 1000 60,000 ! 705 kW

Strategies to reduce roll forceReducing friction at the roll-workpiece interface Using smaller diameter rolls to reduce the contact area Taking smaller reductions per pass to reduce the contact area Rolling at elevated temperatures to lower the strength of the material Applying front and/or back tensions to the strip

FIGURE 13.3 Schematic illustration of various roll arrangements: (a) four-high rolling mill showing various features. The stiffness of the housing, the rolls, and the roll bearings are all important in controlling and maintaining the thickness of the rolled strip; (b) two-high mill; (c) three-high mill; and (d) cluster (or Sendzimir) mill.

Roll force, torque and power requirementReducing roll force Another effective method of reducing roll forces is to apply longitudinal tension to the strip during rolling. Because they require high roll forces, tensions are important particularly in rolling high-strength metals. Tensions can be applied to the strip either at the entry zone (back tension), at the exit zone (front tension), or both.

Geometric considerations: Roll deflections & roll flattening

Just as a straight beam deflects under a transverse load, roll forces tend to bend the rolls elastically during rolling. As expected, the higher the elastic modulus of the roll material, the smaller the roll deflection.Flattening Eg. Tires on automobile. Increase roll radius; larger contact area for the same reduction thickness; increase roll force

Camber and crown can be used to correct the roll deflection (at only one value of the roll force). Or use rolling mill equipped with hydraulic jacks to permit the elastic distortion of the rolls to correct deflection

FIGURE 13.4 (a) Bending of straight cylindrical rolls caused by roll forces. (b) Bending of rolls ground with camber, producing a strip with uniform thickness through the strip width. Deflections have been exaggerated for clarity.

Geometric considerations: SpreadingIn rolling plates and sheets with high width-tothickness ratios, the width of the strip remains effectively constant during rolling. However, with smaller ratios (such as a strip with a square cross-section), its width increases significantly as it passes through the rolls (an effect commonly observed in the rolling of dough with a rolling pin). This increase in width is called spreading

Flat Rolling Practice: Hot Rolling Hot rolling The initial break down of an ingot Continuously cast slab Structure may be brittle Converts the cast structure to a wrought structure Finer grains Enhanced ductility Reduction in defects Continuous Casting Is replacing traditional methods Faster & better Product of the first hot-rolling operation - Bloom or slab Square cross section of 150mm (6in) on one side Processed further by shape rolling I-beams Railroad rails

Flat Rolling Practice: Hot RollingAdvantages : Flow stresses are low, hence forces and power requirements are relatively low, and even very large workpieces can be deformed with equipment of reasonable size. Ductility is high; hence large deformations can be taken (in excess of 99% reduction). Complex part shapes can be generated.

Flat Rolling Practice: Cold Rollingrolling at RT, although the work of deformation can raise temperatures to 100-200C. Produces sheet and strip metal Roll at very fast speeds using lubricants to reduce friction advantages: In the absence of cooling and oxidation, tighter tolerances and better surface finish can be obtained. Thinner walls are possible. The final properties of the workpiece can be closely controlled and, if desired, the high strength obtained during cold rolling can be retained or, if high ductility is needed, grain size can be controlled before annealing. Lubrication is, in general, easier.

Flat Rolling Practice: Pack Rolling Roll two or more sheets together Improved productivity

Flat Rolling Practice: Cold rollingCold rolled metals are rated as temper ; depending on how much cold work has been performed Skin rolled : Metal undergoes the least rolling ~ 0.5-1%; harden, still more workable. Quarter hard : Higher amount of deformation. Can be bent normal to rolling direction without fracturing Half hard : Can be bent up to 90o. Full hard : Metal is compressed by 50% with no cracking. Can be bent up to 45o.

Flat-rolling Practice

To improve flatness, the rolled strip typically goes through a series of leveling rolls. Several roller arrangements are used, as shown in Fig above

Thicker centre means the edges would be plastically elongated more than the centre, normally called long edges. This induces the residual stress pattern of compression at the edge and tension along the centreline. This can cause centreline cracking, warping or edge wrinkling or crepe-paper effect or wavy edge.

Thicker edges than the centre means the centre would be plastically elongated more than the edges, resulting in lateral spread. The residual stress pattern is now under compression in the centreline and tension at the edges. This may cause edge cracking , centre splitting and centreline wrinkling

Caused by nonuniform bulk deformation of the billet during rolling occur when lateral spread is greater in the centre than the surface (surface in tension, centre in compression) and with the presence of metallurgical weakness along the centreline.

Other Characteristics of Rolled Metals Residual stresses produces: Compressive residual stresses on the surfaces Tensile stresses in the middle Tolerances Cold-rolled sheets: (+/- ) 0.1mm 0.35mm Tolerances much greater for hot-rolled plates Surface roughness Cold rolling can produce a very fine finish Hot rolling & sand have the same range of surface finish Gauge numbers the thickness of a sheet is identified by a gauge number

Residual stress Nonuniform deformation of the material in the roll gap Small-diameter rolls or small thickness reductions-per-pass tend to deform the metal plastically more at its surfaces than in the bulk Result in compressive residual stresses on the surface and tensile stresses in the bulk Large diameter rolls or high reductions per pass tend to deform the bulk more than the surface; due to higher frictional constraint at the surface along the contact

Gauge (Gage) Numbers Thickness of sheet is identified by gauge number The smaller the number, the thicker the sheet Several numbering systems are used, depending on type of sheet metal being classified (steel, copper, aluminum, etc.) Rolled sheets of non-ferrous material are also identified by thickness changes during rolling, such as hard, hard, etc.

Various Rolling Processes and Mills Shape rolling Roll Forging Skew Rolling Ring