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Steel Forging Process
Steel is typically hot forged, a metal forming process that involves the metal being heated to a specified temperature and then modified. Some steel alloys require a modification of the hot forging process to ensure grain strength, resistance to corrosion, and limited oxidation. Due to a high level of corrosion resistance, stainless steel forging is used to create many manufactured parts across a number of industries.
Steel Forging – Material Information
Steel, an alloy of carbon and iron, is used for its high level of ductility and strength. The wide availability of steel in most markets has made it a frequently used option for cost effective metal fabrication.
There are three types of forged steel that are commonly found in the market:
- Drawn Out Steel – Steel that is lengthened as the width is decreased.
- Upset Steel – Steel length that is decreased as width is increased.
- Squeezed-In – A closed die process that causes multi-directional flow, leading to a solid and compact shape.
Steel Forging Considerations
Steel Forging allows for many beneficial factors including:
- Increased grain uniformity and strength
- Increased ductility
- Decreased chemical incongruities
- Preventing strain hardening
- High level of formability
Steel Forging has a few disadvantages, including:
- Low levels of tolerance precision
- Possible variations and warping caused by cooling process
- Possible atmospheric reactions with the metal
Steel Forging Applications
Forged steel is utilized in a variety of industry applications, including industrial, consumer, medical, automotive, and agricultural, locomotive, ship building, oil & gas, hand tools, hardware, and many more. Stainless steel forging is commonly used for the manufacturing of products that require corrosion-resistance and durability.