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See detailStudy of residual stresses in bimetallic work rolls
Neira Torres, Ingrid ULg; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg et al

in Advanced Materials Research (2014), 996

An experimental campaign of compression tests, differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry ( DSC), dilatometry and microstructure analysis has been performed, as well as the ... [more ▼]

An experimental campaign of compression tests, differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimetry ( DSC), dilatometry and microstructure analysis has been performed, as well as the identification of the material data set for finite element ( FE) analysis of bimetallic rolls. This article numerically investigates the stress and strain fields after the cooling stage and it checks their effect on the subsequent heat treatment step. As bimetallic rolls have a different material for core and shell, the effect of the roll size and the shell thickness on residual stresses is also studied. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of phase transformations within bimetallic rolling mills
Neira Torres, Ingrid ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg et al

Scientific conference (2013, September 10)

With the aim of simulating the cooling behavior after a re-austenitizing stage of bimetallic rolling mills, both materials corresponding to spheroidal graphite iron (core material) and high chrome steel ... [more ▼]

With the aim of simulating the cooling behavior after a re-austenitizing stage of bimetallic rolling mills, both materials corresponding to spheroidal graphite iron (core material) and high chrome steel (shell material) must be characterized through thermo physical and mechanical tests as well as microscopic observations. Dilatometer tests were carried out for both materials in order to determinate thermo physical properties such as thermal expansion coefficient and density. Compression tests were also performed in order to estimate the effect of mechanical stress on martensite phase transformation, especially the nature and the type of martensite and start of transformation temperature. However there are some parameters that are still unknown and that are highly difficult to determinate. Inverse simulations are performed through Lagamine code with the aim of finding an estimated value for these parameters or improved parameters, more accurate than the ones already estimated. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of residual stresses by FE simulations on bimetallic work rolls during cooling
Neira Torres, Ingrid ULg; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Materials Science (2013), 13(1), 84-91

Bimetallic rolls used in the roughing stands of the Hot Strip Mill require mixed properties as a high wear resistance for the shell material and an enhanced toughness for the core material. The bimetallic ... [more ▼]

Bimetallic rolls used in the roughing stands of the Hot Strip Mill require mixed properties as a high wear resistance for the shell material and an enhanced toughness for the core material. The bimetallic roll studied in this paper is obtained from a vertical spin casting process followed by cooling and subsequent heat treatments. Failure of the compound roll sometimes occurs during the cooling stage of the casting route or later during the thermal treatments. It requires to deeply investigate the thermo mechanical metallurgical interactions generated during cooling and heat treatment in order to find the origin of cracks. For this purpose, a thermo metallurgic mechanical finite element model is used. However these numerical simulations require a high amount of mechanical, thermal and metallurgical parameters. In order to determinate these parameters, a study of available data for estimation of mechanical parameters was performed. Thermo physical parameters were obtained by DTA and DSC methods. Metallurgical characterization by inverse numerical method based on available CCT diagrams was performed to determine the TTT diagrams. First cooling numerical simulations are presented, allowing a rough estimate of residual stresses values and the identification of key parameters for predicting accurate residual stresses by sensitivity analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing of Ti alloys by additive manufacturing: a comparison of the microstructures obtained by laser cladding, selective laser melting and electron beam melting
Reginster, Sylvie ULg; Mertens, Anne ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg et al

in Materials Science Forum (2013), 765

Additive manufacturing processes such as laser cladding (LC) or selective laser melting (SLM) appear very promising in view of an economic near-net-shape production – and also, in the case of LC, the ... [more ▼]

Additive manufacturing processes such as laser cladding (LC) or selective laser melting (SLM) appear very promising in view of an economic near-net-shape production – and also, in the case of LC, the restoration - of complex and (almost) fully dense parts from Ti alloys. Both techniques involve the melting of a metallic powder with a laser. In the SLM process, the metallic powder is deposited layer by layer in a powder bed and then molten locally according to the desired shape, whereas in LC, the metallic powder is directly projected onto a substrate through a nozzle coaxial with the laser beam. The present research aims at comparing Ti-6Al-4V samples processed by these two techniques with reference samples produced by electron beam melting (EBM), another well established additive manufacturing process (patented by Arcam AB Company) in which a powder bed is molten locally by means of an electron beam. In all three processes, the melt pool undergoes an ultrafast cooling and solidifies very rapidly once the beam has left the area, thus giving rise to strongly out-of-equilibrium microstructures. Yet, each one of these processes also has its own specificities e.g. in terms of scanning strategy and of working atmosphere (low vacuum vs. protective Ar flow). In the present work, the microstructures obtained by these three processes have been compared in details, with a particular attention for characteristics such as porosity, grain size, and the various phases present. Since epitaxial growth of the newly deposited layer on the material previously solidified has been shown [1, 2] to exert a strong influence on the microstructure and on the resulting mechanical properties, great care has been taken to study the microstructural anisotropy associated with each one of the three processes. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent Developments of Alloyed Steels for Hot Strip Roughing Mills : Characterization of High-Chromium Steel and Semi-High Speed Steel
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg

in Iron and Steel Technology (2012)

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill - high chromium steel (HCS) and semi-high-speed steel (semi-HSS), In this paper, the new semi-high-speed steel grade is studied

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See detailComparison between High Chromium Steel and Semi HSS used in Hot Strip Mill Roughing Stands
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg

in Proceedings of the 13th Southern African Roll Users Conference (SARUC 2011) (2011, October)

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) are compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an ... [more ▼]

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) are compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High Speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new grade developed to improve the overall performance of the work roll in the roughing stands of the HSM. In the present paper, the new semi-HSS grade is studied starting from three chemical compositions closed one to another, the variation in the alloying elements is intended to assess, on one hand the effect of a small increase of the carbon content, and on the other hand the influence of the addition of a strong MC carbide forming element. The comparison of HCS and semi-HSS grades involves many fields. Regarding the metallurgical aspect, such a comparison led to the enhancement of the solidification range, the crystallization behavior and the microstructure in the as-cast condition for both grades. Furthermore, corrosion behavior and performances of the work rolls in service are compared. Various techniques are used in order to characterize both grades, such as Differential Thermal Analysis (to determine phase transformations temperatures, the crystallization behavior and the interval of solidification), hardness measurements, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy associated with energy dispersive X ray spectroscopy (to determine the nature and the composition of phases, especially matrix and carbides). Finally micro-macro relations between the nature of the microstructure and the properties of HCS and semi-HSS rolls grades in service conditions could be established. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of in-situ Transformation of M2C Eutectics Carbides during High Temperature Heat Treatment on a HSS and a Semi-HSS Grades
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

Poster (2011, September)

Alloys of the complex system Fe-Si-C-Cr-C-X, where X is a strong carbide forming-element are well known to exhibit interesting mechanical properties, including wear and abrasion resistances. Such a ... [more ▼]

Alloys of the complex system Fe-Si-C-Cr-C-X, where X is a strong carbide forming-element are well known to exhibit interesting mechanical properties, including wear and abrasion resistances. Such a tribological behavior is mainly due to the presence of carbides especially those obtained during the solidification route and that are known as primary or eutectic carbides. It may therefore be interesting to determine the relative stability of primary carbides when considering thermal and thermomechanical treatments performed at a temperature high enough to allow either the homogenization of the matrix or the occurrence of a desired grain size. This thermal stage is often required to produce tailored microstructures that can lead to improved mechanical properties. In this work a series of thermal treatments performed on samples originated form casting foundry parts were done. Raw materials are both HSS and semi-HSS grades used in application where wear resistance is needed. Thermo- Calc® (TC) simulations and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) were performed to determine the crystallization behavior and the subsequent solid state transformations of the studied alloys respectively in equilibrium and in non equilibrium conditions. Light and Scanning Electron Microscopies were done together with hardness measurements in order to enhance metallurgical features of the heat treated samples. Image analysis yielded the determination of carbides volume fractions. It appears from microstructural analyses and carbides quantification that Mo-rich eutectic carbides undergo in situ phase transformations during heat treatments. In fact Mo-rich M2C carbides transform themselves into MC, M6C and M3C, through a so-called budding phenomenon. Such a phenomenon is the evidence of a preferential migration of some atoms that escape from the parent M2C carbide to diffuse further away from their initial site with increasing time and temperature. The stable or metastable nature of eutectic carbides is also discussed from DTA and TC results, as M2C carbides found in both as-conditions and DTA samples were not predicted by equilibrium conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailProceedings of the international conference Abrasion 2011 (Abrasion Wear Resistant Alloyed White Cast Irons For Rolling and Pulverizing Mills), 4th Edition
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg

Book published by ULg-Service MMS (2011)

The « Abrasion » Conferences offer an almost unique opportunity to gather every three years people working in the field of abrasion resistant high chromium irons to be used in rolling and pulverizing ... [more ▼]

The « Abrasion » Conferences offer an almost unique opportunity to gather every three years people working in the field of abrasion resistant high chromium irons to be used in rolling and pulverizing mills. The well addresses topic and the small, but very active research community are the key factors for the success of this event. The University of Liege receives the organization by inheritance form Fukuoka (Japan 2002), São Paulo (Brazil 2005) and Trento (Italy 2008). It represents a very tough challenge for the local organizing committee, but the enthusiasm to host in Liege academic staff and people from the industry coming from all around the world was too big to renounce to this opportunity. The number of contributions for this fourth edition confirms that the idea of professor Matsubara to promote the meeting between University and Industry was really responding to the expectations of both these subjects. Scientists and technicians of 12 countries will attend the conference: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Twenty high quality contributions dealing with solidification, heat treatments, microstructural properties, oxidation and wear resistances will be presented. I believe that the present proceedings will contribute to the extension of knowledge in the area of science, research, development and application in Abrasion Wear Resistant Alloyed Cast Irons for Rolling and Pulverizing Mills. Proceedings are also available in a CD Rom version. A special thanks to all people contributing to the organization of the ABRASION 2011, to the nearby industries Åkers, Arcelor, ESW, GP, Magotteaux, MK, and to the CRM Group for offering the opportunity of the technical visit to the Research plant in Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of High Temperature Heat Treatment on in situ Transformation of Mo-rich Eutectic Carbides in HSS and Semi-HSS Grades
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack (Eds.) Conference Proceedings of Abrasion 2011 (2011, August)

Alloys of the complex system Fe-Si-C-Cr-C-X, where X is a strong carbide forming-element are well known to exhibit interesting mechanical properties, including wear and abrasion resistances. Such a ... [more ▼]

Alloys of the complex system Fe-Si-C-Cr-C-X, where X is a strong carbide forming-element are well known to exhibit interesting mechanical properties, including wear and abrasion resistances. Such a tribological behavior is mainly due to the presence of carbides especially those obtained during the solidification route and that are known as primary or eutectic carbides. It may therefore be interesting to determine the relative stability of primary carbides when considering thermal and thermomechanical treatments performed at a temperature high enough to allow either the homogenization of the matrix or the occurrence of a desired grain size. This thermal stage is often required to produce tailored microstructures that can lead to improved mechanical properties. In this work a series of thermal treatments performed on samples originated form casting foundry parts were done. Raw materials are both HSS and semi-HSS grades used in application where wear resistance is needed. Thermo- Calc® (TC) simulations and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) were performed to determine the crystallization behavior and the subsequent solid state transformations of the studied alloys respectively in equilibrium and in non equilibrium conditions. Light and Scanning Electron Microscopies were done together with hardness measurements in order to enhance metallurgical features of the heat treated samples. Image analysis yielded the determination of carbides volume fractions. It appears from microstructural analyses and carbides quantification that Mo-rich eutectic carbides undergo in situ phase transformations during heat treatments. In fact Mo-rich M2C carbides transform themselves into MC, M6C and M3C, through a so-called budding phenomenon. Such a phenomenon is the evidence of a preferential migration of some atoms that escape from the parent M2C carbide to diffuse further away from their initial site with increasing time and temperature. The stable or metastable nature of eutectic carbides is also discussed from DTA and TC results, as M2C carbides found in both as-conditions and DTA samples were not predicted by equilibrium conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the origin of the unexpected pearlite during the cooling stage of two cast high-speed steels
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg

in Solid State Phenomana (2011), 172-174

Two HSS grades (A and B) belonging to the complex system Fe-Cr-C-Si-X, where X is a strong carbide-forming element such as V, Mb or W, were studied. Samples in the as-received conditions came from an ... [more ▼]

Two HSS grades (A and B) belonging to the complex system Fe-Cr-C-Si-X, where X is a strong carbide-forming element such as V, Mb or W, were studied. Samples in the as-received conditions came from an industrial spin casting process, with a varying cooling rate during processing. Chemical compositions of both alloys were closed to each other and were chosen to enhance their hardenability and to avoid less resistant phases such as pearlite and ferrite. Differential Thermal Analysis was performed on both alloys, in order to increase their crystallization behaviour. Light microscopy and SEM associated with EDS analyses were done to characterize the microstructure of both alloys in the as-received conditions and after DTA trials. The matrix of both HSS grades was composed of eutectic carbides, martensite and retained austenite, these phases exhibiting similar chemical compositions in both alloys. Unexpected pearlite was found in the as-cast HSS alloy B without W, this grade containing more Mo, more V and less Cr than the HSS grade A. It appeared from DTA tests that pearlite found in the alloy B arose more from the destabilisation of the Cr-rich retained austenite associated with the plate-like M2C carbide, than from the matrix itself. In fact, pearlite zones located in the vicinity of M2C are due to related isothermal solid phase transformations form the previous austenitic eutectic phase that is enriched with Cr and Mo. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards the Prediction of Damage Of Peritectic Steels During Continuous Casting Process
Keller, Clément ULg; Schwartz, Renée; Bobadilla, Manuel et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2011), 1353

In the Continuous Casting process, products are sometimes rejected or called defective due to the presence of transversal cracks. This type of macroscopic damage is expected to be due to a ductility loss ... [more ▼]

In the Continuous Casting process, products are sometimes rejected or called defective due to the presence of transversal cracks. This type of macroscopic damage is expected to be due to a ductility loss during cooling in the bending and unbending areas of the CC line. In order to study this damage, a 2D model has been developed to predict at the mesoscopic level the intergranular crack event taking into account the creep and diffusion of voids. Already validated for a microalloyed steel, the model is identified and used in this study to predict the crack formation for three different grades of peritectic steels. Results show encouraging predictions of the damage. [less ▲]

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See detailEquilibrium and non Equilibrium study of the Fine Pearlite Formation in two Cast High Speed Steels after solidification and thermal treatment
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in International Journal of Materials Research (2011)

Two High Speed Steels (HSS) have been studied both having chemical compositions closed one to another. Both HSS grades exhibited similar matrix/carbides microstructure in the industrial as-cast conditions ... [more ▼]

Two High Speed Steels (HSS) have been studied both having chemical compositions closed one to another. Both HSS grades exhibited similar matrix/carbides microstructure in the industrial as-cast conditions, except for M7C3 eutectic carbides only observed in one grade and fine pearlite only found in the other grade. Equilibrium diagrams were obtained from Thermodynamical simulations to enhanced predicted phase transformations whereas Differential Thermal Analysis was performed on both alloys in order to determine their crystallization behaviour in non equilibrium conditions. Light microscopy and Electron microscopy associated with microprobe analyses were done to characterize the microstructure of both alloys. Thermal treatments with related bulk hardness assessments were carried out to enhance conditions for pearlite formation at the end of the casting route. In continuous cooling conditions obtained from DTA simulations, the matrix of both as-cast HSS grades is composed of eutectic carbides, martensite and retained austenite, these phases exhibiting similar chemical compositions. The introduction of an intermediate isothermal stage in the solid state within the DTA cooling sequence leads to the formation of a fine pearlite phase mainly located in the vicinity of M2C eutectic carbides on one HSS grade. The origin of this fine pearlite is discussed in this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Trends in Hot Strip Mill Roughing Mills: Characterization of High Chromium Steel and Semi-HSS Grades
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg

in Proceedings of the Iron & Steel Technology Conference (AISTech 2011) (2011)

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) are compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an ... [more ▼]

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) are compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High-speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new grade developed to improve the overall performance of the work roll in the roughing stands of the HSM. In the present paper, the new semi-HSS grade is studied starting from three chemical compositions closed one to another, the variation in the alloying elements is intended to assess, on one hand the effect of a small increase of the carbon content, and on the other hand the influence of the addition of a strong MC carbide forming element. The comparison of HCS and semi-HSS grades involves many fields. Regarding the metallurgical aspect, such a comparison led to the enhancement of the solidification range, the crystallization behavior and the microstructure in the as-cast condition for both grades. Furthermore, corrosion behavior and performances of the work rolls in service are compared. Various techniques are used in order to characterize both grades, such as Differential Thermal Analysis (to determine phase transformations temperatures, the crystallization behavior and the interval of solidification), hardness measurements, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy associated with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (to determine the nature and the composition of phases, especially matrix and carbides). Finally micro-macro relations between the nature of the microstructure and the properties of HCS and semi-HSS rolls grades in service conditions could be established. [less ▲]

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See detailRECENT TRENDS IN HOT STRIP ROUGHING MILLS: HIGH CHROMIUM STEEL VERSUS SEMI-HSS
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario et al

in Procceedings of the 47th Rolling Seminar - Processes, Rolled and Coated Products (2010, October)

compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High Speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new ... [more ▼]

compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High Speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new grade developed to improve the overall performance of the work roll in the roughing stands of the HSM. In the present paper, the new semi-HSS grade is studied starting from three chemical compositions closed one to another, the variation in the alloying elements is intended to assess, on one hand the effect of a small increase of the carbon content, and on the other hand the influence of the addition of a strong MC carbide forming element. Furthermore, corrosion behavior and performances of the work rolls in service are compared. Various techniques are used in order to characterize both grades, such as Differential Thermal Analysis (to determine phase transformations temperatures, the crystallization behavior and the interval of solidification), hardness measurements, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy associated with energy dispersive X ray spectroscopy (to determine the nature and the composition of phases, especially matrix and carbides). Finally micro-macro relations between the nature of the microstructure and the properties of High Chromium Steel and semi-HSS rolls grades in service conditions could be established. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between a high chromium steel and a semi HSS grades used as work rolls in the roughing stands of a hot strip mill
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Proceedings of The 10th International Conference on Steel Rolling (10th ICSR) (2010, September)

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) were compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is actually the alloy widely used for such an ... [more ▼]

Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) were compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is actually the alloy widely used for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High Speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new grade developed to improve overall properties of the work roll in the roughing stands of the HSM. In the present work, the new semi-HSS grade is studied starting from 3 chemical compositions closed one to another, the variation in the alloying elements being intended to assess, on one hand the effect of a light increase of the carbon content, and on the other hand the influence of the addition of a strong MC carbide forming element. The comparison of HCS and semi-HSS grades involved many fields. Regarding the metallurgical aspect, such a comparison led to the enhancement of the solidification range, the crystallization behavior and the microstructure in the as-cast condition for both grades. Heat treatment behavior of both grades was also investigated and optimal parameters leading to the homogenization of the alloy composition within the deepness of the roll were found. Furthermore, hot corrosion behavior and performances of the work rolls in service were compared. Various techniques were used in order to characterize both grades, such as Differential Thermal Analysis (to determine phase transformations temperatures, the crystallization behavior and the interval of solidification), hardness measurements, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy associated with energy dispersive X ray spectroscopy (to determine the nature and the composition of phases, especially matrix and carbides). Finally micro-macro relations between the nature of the microstructure and the properties of HCS and semi-HSS rolls grades in service conditions could be established. [less ▲]

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