Rev. Met. Paris
Volume 100, Number 7-8, July-August 2003Laminage à chaud et à froid
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|Page(s)||697 - 705|
|Published online||17 November 2003|
Production of ultra high strengh steels by turbulent water cooling equipment (TWICE)
A new industrial process allowing to reach very high cooling rates in the cooling section after soaking of a continuous annealing line for steel sheets is presented. This process constitutes the successful conclusion of a long term research programme, jointly carried out at CRM and Arcelor Cockerill-Sambre for three years, including laboratory experiments, pilot scale trials and several industrial campaigns. It is running on from developments performed in the framework of the HOWAQ (Hot Water Quench) process. The process successively combines a moderate cooling step (600 °C/s for 0.8 mm thick strips), in boiling water, and a faster cooling step (above 700 °C/s), by impinging turbulent cold water in a box. Its main features are simplicity, resulting from advanced developments, soundness, flexibility and cooling homogeneity. As treated steel products are characterized by improved mechanical properties, outstanding surface quality (corrosion resistance) and exceptional flatness. The process is implemented industrially since the beginning of 2002.
© La Revue de Métallurgie, 2003
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