EFFECT OF MICRO-ALLOYING ON QUENCHING BEHAVIOUR OF STEELS FOR BACK-UP ROLLS
Keywords:Micro-alloyed steels, mechanical properties, quenching, tempering
The use of micro-alloyed steels for back-up rolls manufacturing gives the possibility to obtain advantages associated with the benefit of the application of micro-alloying elements and thermo-mechanical treatments. In this paper the effect of alloying elements has been evaluated aimed to improve steel hardenability and at the same time to reduce the fabrication cost. 3% Cr and 5% Cr steels are considered with a reduced Mo content. Analysis of alloying on hardenability is performed by means of metallurgical models and on laboratory scale. Results show a higher hardenability in the case of 5% Cr steels. Moreover, such family of steels also show a dependence on prior austenitic grain size. In both the steel families no warnings are detected in terms of residual austenite presence after quenching.