In the last two decades, the significant market demands for microalloyed steels have led to enormous efforts as regards the optimization of their properties. Following a national research program, the present work was scheduled to deal with a special grade of V-microalloyed steel. This grade was examined after a series of successive isothermal heat treatment to produce a variety of phase combinations (e.g., ferritic-martensitic, ferritic-martensitic-bainitic and ferritic-bainitic microstructures). Tensile and impact tests were performed to gain knowledge about the mechanical properties. The resulting microstructures were evaluated by means of SEM and optical microscopy. The results indicated that the corresponding tensile behaviour of the steels was strongly affected by microstructure and heat treatment parameters. Furthermore, the related ultimate tensile strength and impact values were broadly varied (750 to 1200 MPa and 5 J to 40 J, respectively) by the steels´ microstructure and chemical composition. The corresponding fracture surfaces were found to vary with the steel´s microstructure.

The influence of accelerated cooling and coiling temperature is studied in a microalloyed steel grade in order to investigate the strengthening owing to phase transformation in the presence of microalloying elements. A Nb-V microalloyed steel grade was deformed in the austenitic range followed by controlled quenching to simulate rolling and runout table cooling conditions. Cooling rate was varied from 100 to 150 °C/sec, while coiling temperatures were varied between 475 to 625 °C, with 25 °C step. Decrease in transformation temperature in conjunction with accelerated cooling resulted in non-equiaxed ferrite structures with array of phase morphologies. Intermediate transformation temperatures produced increase in strength concurrent with observed peak broadening in X-ray diffraction. In addition, microstructural modelling is done using Quench properties module of JMatPro under experimental conditions.

Dry sliding adhesive wear behaviour of as-cast and austempered ductile iron (ADI) samples alloyed with manganese and copper was investigated in a pin-on-disc wear testing machine. As-cast samples suffered a rapid and continuous wear, while the austempered samples exhibited improved wear resistance on increasing the austempering temperature and time. ADI samples with higher copper plus manganese contents inherently possessed higher hardness due to presence of martensite in the ausferrite matrix. The wear conditions used in the present
study further promoted the formation of martensite under wear load and contributed much improved wear performance. In ADIs containing manganese only, wear process involved a mixed mechanism of oxidation and delamination. On combined alloying with copper and manganese, wear resistance increased considerably showing only mild oxidation and practically no delamination. The combinedly alloyed austempered samples exhibited even better wear resistance than that of cast and heat treated high manganese steel. Thus, the addition of manganese and copper in the experimental ductile irons assisted austempering by virtue of their synergistic effect on hardenability of Fe-C alloys and improving wear resistance through subsequent work hardening of the wear surface.

Steel enjoys an unsurpassed wide range of properties: first of all its stiffness-strength-formability relationship contributes to featuring steel a high potential as versatile light-weight construction material. In this respect it pays to use steel, its price cannot be undercut without accepting compromises. This is topped by additional gains comprising high availability, reliability, excellent manufacturability and recyclability. Steel enjoys great popularity amongst designers, most of them are very familiar with it. In intermaterial competition, steel may not win in every single discipline, but steel is the undisputed champion in multi-discipline jobs. This makes steel an indispensable material.

High nitrogen steels are commonly known for their excellent mechanical properties, i.e. strength and corrosion resistance. A state-of-the-art production routine is P-ESR melting (pressurised electro slag remelting). It is possible to manufacture both, austenitic as well as martensitic steels suitable for forging and hot rolling. Some basic knowledge of the material peculiarities is mandatory to avoid any potential issues during plastic deformation. The following paper provides an overview of the manufacturing of HNS as well as some properties to be considered for plastic deformation.

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Divestment confirmed of Ruukki Construction’s business operations in Russia

As communicated in July, SSAB has agreed to divest Ruukki Construction’s business operations in Russia (OOO Ruukki Rus) to the Russian company OAO Salavatneftemash. The transaction has received the approval of the Russian competition authorities and has now been completed. The transaction excludes the right to the Ruukki brand.

High yield strength and close tolerances

Spanish welded steel tube specialist Bornay S.L. has ordered an HF (High Frequency) tube welding line, type RD 40, from SMS group for its Alicante works. SMS group is the single-source supplier of all technical equipment from strip preparation to the cut-off-saw.

SSAB and Kemppi create a joint digi solution to speed up the welding process

SSAB and welding solutions company Kemppi have successfully piloted sending material certificates automatically from SSAB’s SmartSteel cloud to welding equipment.

Tibnor to acquire Sanistål’s steel distribution business

SSAB’s subsidiary Tibnor has agreed to acquire the steel distribution business of the Danish company Sanistål A/S, Denmark’s second largest steel distributor. This supports SSAB’s strategic target to strengthen its Nordic home market position.