Failure assessment was made on cylindrical pressure vessels containing longitudinal weld misalignment performing finite element analysis (FEA) utilizing the Ansys software package. A 20° section of the cylindrical shell wall was modeled utilizing the plane strain element (plane 182) with the longitudinal weld in the centre of section. The weld misalignment was introduced by shifting the position of the cylindrical section on one side of the weld relative to the other section. Failure pressure estimates from FEA based on the global plastic deformation are found to be in good agreement with existing test results on vessels made of Afnor 15CDV6 steel and maraging steels.

Steel history and its chronological progress have been reviewed from different aspects on many published papers, and books and it can be found on many websites. However, one historical aspect of this topic, which has received limited attention, is the gradual progress in knowledge of controlling cooling rate to get the desirable thermal and mechanical properties for the steel products. This paper presents some evidence of understanding the effect of cooling rate on the material properties from Iron Age era. It also discusses briefly the importance of determining optimimum cooling rate in enhancing the production rate.

This paper discusses the major sources of residual stress generation in the steel microstructure during cooling process of as-cast steel (slabs, blooms, and billets). The stress configuration of the steel microstructure changes during quenching due to stresses introduced to the microstructure by these sources. The influence of each source in increasing the stress distribution within the microstructure during quenching is explained via corresponding formula and qualitative discussion in separate sections. The stresses accumulated during cooling may introduce the residual stress concentration zones in the microstructure of the steel.
These stress concentration zones may result in flaws, microcracks or voids formation. Consequently, it may lower the soundness of the steel and cause deviation of the thermo-mechanical properties of the cast steel from the initially designed and customer desired specified properties.

The control of non-metallic inclusions is an important tool for steel properties optimization. Most related actions of this control involve the prevision of the slag-metal and inclusion-metal equilibrium, aiming at implementation of operational practices to obtain a more adequate inclusion profile.
Computational thermodynamics has proved to be a powerful tool in the prevision of equilibrium in different metallurgical systems, especially in the metal-oxide system in question. The aim of this work is to present the application of computational thermodynamics in the study of formation and control of non-metallic inclusions in steels, mainly during secondary refining. This work shows that the careful application of computational thermodynamics can drastically reduce the empirics in the process development for the control of non-metallic inclusions in steels, contributing to an increase in the efficiency of the process manufacture, to improve the present product quality and to enable the economic development of new products.

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ArcelorMittal Asturias (Avilés) has contracted SMS group for tailor-made conversion of slab caster No. 2

ArcelorMittal Asturias, Avilés, Spain, has contracted SMS group (www.sms-group.com) for a comprehensive conversion of the company’s two-strand slab caster No. 2. With this modernization, ArcelorMittal Asturias responds to the increasingly higher quality demands in the growing market for special steels such as grades for tube and heavy-plate production.

Fully automatic channel baling press for waste management – HSM VK 6215

HSM GmbH + Co. KG, the South German manufacturer of baling presses, PET solutions and document shredders provides economical solutions for professional waste disposers and industrial applications. The baling presses of the manufacturer from Lake Constance are always specialists when it comes to compressing waste materials by up to 95 % and pressing them into unmixed and optimally transportable bales.

Against Residue and Moisture:  Combination of Filter System and Moisture Detection doubles the life of Quenching Oil

For the Heat Treatment- and Hardening industry clean quenching oil without moisture is essential for an effective process. The value of clean oil is often underestimated.

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and TSINGSHAN to form Joint Venture in China

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH, a global leader in special long steel, and TSINGSHAN GROUP ("TSINGSHAN"), a world leader in stainless steel, today announced the formation of a Joint Venture ("JV") in China. The JV company is 60 percent owned by SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH and 40 percent by TSINGSHAN and will operate under the name Shanghai Xinzhen Precision Bar Co. Ltd. out of Shanghai (China).