Standard Ferritics - Fabrication

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Thermal processing and fabrication

 

ANNEALING

Annealing is achieved by heating to the following temperatures for 90 minutes per 25mm thickness (3.5min/mm) followed by air quenching. Controlled atmospheres are recommended in order to avoid excessive oxidation of the surface.

STRESS RELIEVING

Stress relieving after welding is not normally required. Should this be necessary, temperatures between 200°C and 300°C are recommended for 60 minutes per 25mm thickness (2.5min/mm).

HOT WORKING

Uniform heating of the steel in the range of 950°C to 1 050°C is required. The finishing temperature should be below 750°C and the steel should be cooled rapidly between 550°C and 400°C to prevent 475 embrittlement. Extended holding times above 1 000°C should be avoided as excessive grain growth may occur and ductility may be detrimentally affected.

All hot working operations should be followed by annealing and then pickling and passivating to restore the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance.

COLD WORKING

Standard ferritic stainless steels have good formability characteristics with useful mechanical properties. Their good ductility allows them to be readily formed by bending and deep drawing. They do not undergo significant work hardening when cold formed.

U-430DDQ is a U-430 steel with superior deep drawability. It is suitable for drawn applications such as hollowware, sink bowls, etc. To ensure the correct allocation of material, if drawing quality is required, orders must state U-430DDQ. In order to best suit a customer’s end use, it is imperative that the actual end use is stated when U-430DDQ is ordered.

WELDING

The standard ferritic stainless steels are prone to grain growth in the heat affected zone of weldments. As such, the tensile, fatigue and toughness properties in the welded condition are relatively poor. They should thus not be used for applications where tensile or dynamic loading will be experienced.

The standard ferritics are generally limited to a combined thickness in the welded condition of 2mm for U-430, 2.5mm for U-1.4509 and U-439 and 3mm for U-40910. Edge welds are not recommended.

The use of austenitic filler metals such as types 308L, 309L or 316L will improve the ductility of welds to some extent but all welding procedures should nevertheless endeavour to maintain minimum heat inputs. The weld discolouration should be removed by pickling and passivating to restore maximum corrosion resistance.