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Online normalization process of steel pipe

Online normalization is a heat treatment
process developed in recent years, namely deformation and normalization. It is
a steel pipe after rolling the continuous rolling pipe, cooled to a
recrystallization temperature on a cold bed, and then reheated the furnace.
After heating the steel pipe to a temperature of Ac3 or above in the furnace,
it is kept for a period of time to make the metallographic phase of the steel.
The structure is transformed into austenite, and then discharged, and the
austenite structure is transformed into pearlite by the sizing machine or the
reduction machine after air reduction or air cooling, fog cooling, etc.,
thereby realizing the performance of the steel pipe, which is modern control.
Rolling scheme.

Online normalization performance

While achieving the strength requirements,
it achieves excellent matching of toughness and strength, has good weldability,
and has excellent low temperature toughness.

The purpose of online normalization:

  • (1) making the structure of the steel
    uniform and grain refining;
  • (2) Improve the mechanical properties of
    some steel grades;
  • (3) Improve the metallographic structure
    and properties of low carbon steel and low alloy steel to create conditions for
    the diffusion of alloying elements.

The ferrite plus pearlite structure is
exhibited under a metallographic microscope. If it is a microalloyed steel, a
precipitated phase and a second phase particle can be observed under a
transmission electron microscope.

On-line normalization is to insert a
normalizing process in the middle of the rolling process, and use part of the
rolling residual heat to shorten the normalizing heating time. Microalloyed
on-line normalized steel replaces off-line normalizing or modulating steel,
reducing costs associated with heat treatment, finishing, energy,
decarburization, and iron loss (oxidation). In short, online normalization not
only simplifies the process but also saves energy.

Compared with quenched and tempered steel,
on-line normalized steel has better cutting performance because the ferrite
pearlite structure has better cutting performance than the tempered sorbite

Online process description:

The rolled steel is cooled to below Ar1,
and all of the austenite is transformed into a ferrite pearlite structure, that
is, reheated, and all transformed into austenite, and air-cooled to obtain a
relatively fine ferrite pearlite structure.

According to the size of the workpiece, determine
the cooling time before entering the reheating furnace, ensure that the
temperature is below the Ar1 temperature, determine the time of the workpiece
in the reheating furnace, ensure that the alloy dissolves, the microstructure
is transformed into austenite, and homogenized. Set the reheater temperature.

In order to dissolve all the gold elements
into the austenite and homogenize the austenite, the workpiece in the furnace
should be kept in the specified heating temperature range for a suitable period
of time, the length of the workpiece and the effective thickness of the
workpiece, the steel grade, and the loading. The furnace method, the amount of
furnace charge, the temperature of the furnace, the performance of the furnace
and the degree of sealing are related.

Different cooling methods mean different
cooling speeds of the workpiece, such as stack cooling, side-by-side cooling,
workpiece spacing, cold, single cooling, and cooling rate from small to large.
Generally, the grain size decreases, the percentage of pearlite increases, and
pearlescence The spacing of the body sheets is reduced, resulting in an
increase in strength and impact toughness.

The holding time of the workpiece in the
reheating furnace is an indispensable control parameter. The holding time is
insufficient, the strength is not up to the requirement, the holding time is
too long, energy is wasted, the production efficiency is lowered, and the
surface of the workpiece may be decarburized.

Before the online normalizing steel enters the
reheating furnace, it undergoes a staged rolling process, and each part of the
workpiece must complete the transformation of the austenite to the entire
microstructure of the ferrite pearlite, so the part where the workpiece is
cooled relatively slowly is also Must be cold below Ar1.

The control of the temperature of the
reheating furnace is critical to the performance of the steel. The reheating
furnace heats the workpiece, not only to ensure the necessary tissue
transformation and diffusion, but also to dissolve all the alloying elements in
the austenite. The temperature is low, the strength is insufficient, the
temperature is high, the toughness is lowered, and the temperature is too high
and the strength is also lowered.

Microalloying elements are added to steel
for two purposes, namely grain refinement and precipitation strengthening. Both
effects are caused by the precipitation of microalloyed carbides, nitrides or

Online normalization causes bending:

In the (reheating furnace) cold bed
bending, the steel tube itself is inconsistent in structural transformation,
which is the cause of bending. Some steels not only obtain ferrite pearlite at
a certain cooling rate, but also produce a part of bainite structure, bainite.
The tissue stress is large, and the steel pipe is partially cooled first, and
the portion where the bainite is first generated may be bent.

Bending occurs after entering the reheating
furnace. This is because the inlet of the steel tube in the reheating furnace
is difficult to maintain the temperature of other parts. When the temperature
of the tube is too low, the higher furnace temperature in the furnace will
increase the thermal stress of the tube sharply. When the furnace condition is
not ideal, the tube is not ideal. The different parts will have a large
difference in thermal stress due to the inconsistent temperature inside the
furnace. This causes the tube to bend.

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