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Objective To perform rolling process on an lead bar in order to observe the change in both the crosssectional area and the general shape. Theory 1. Definition Flat rolling or Rolling is defined as the reduction of the cross-sectional area of the metal stock, or the general shaping of the metal products, through the use of the rotating rolls [1]. It allows a high degree of closed-loop automation and very high speeds, and is thus capable of providing high-quality, close tolerance starting material for various secondary sheet metal working processes at a low cost [1]. 2. Schematic Drawing of Rolling Process

Figure 1. Rolling Process [2] The rolls rotate as illustrated in Figure 1. to pull and simultaneously squeeze the work between them. The basic process shown in Figure 1 is flat rolling, used to reduce the thickness of a rectangular cross section.

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Figure 2. Various configurations of rolling mills: (a) two high, (b) three high, (c) four high, (d) cluster mill, and (e) tandem rolling mill [2]. Various rolling mill configurations are available to deal with the variety of applications and technical problems in the rolling process. The basic rolling mill consists of two opposite rotating rolls and is referred to as a two-high rolling mill (Figure 2a). In the threehigh configuration Figure 2(b), there are three rolls in a vertical column, and the direction of rotation of each roll remains unchanged. To achieve a series of reductions, the work can be a passed through from either side by raising or lowering the strip after each pass. The equipment in a three-high rolling mill becomes more complicated, because an elevator mechanism is needed to raise and lower the work [2]. Roll-work contact length is reduced with a lower roll radius, and this lads to lower forces, torque, and power. The four-high rolling mill uses two smaller diameter rolls to contact the work and two backing rolls behind them. Another roll configuration that allows smaller working rolls against the work is the cluster rolling mill. To achieve higher throughput rates in standard products, a tandem rolling mill is often used. This configuration consists of a series of rolling stands. With each rolling step, work velocity increases, and the problem of synchronizing the roll speeds at each stand is significant [2]. 3. General Overview of Process The primary objectives of the flat rolling process are to reduce the cross-section of the incoming material while improving its properties and to obtain the desired section at the exit from the rolls. The process can be carried out hot, warm, or cold, depending on the application and the material involved. The rolled products are flat plates and sheets. Rolling of blooms, slabs, billets, and plates is usually done at temperatures above the recrystallization temperature (hot rolling). Sheet and strip often are rolled cold in order to maintain close thickness tolerances. Basically flat rolling consists of passing metal between two rolls that revolve in opposite directions, the space between the rolls being somewhat less than the thickness of the entering metal. Because the rolls rotate with a surface velocity exceeding the speed of the incoming metal, friction along the contact interface acts to propel the metal forward. The metal is squeezed and elongated and usually changed in cross section. The amount of deformation that can be achieved in a single pass between a given pair of rolls depend on the friction conditions along the interface. If too much is demanded, the rolls will simply skid over stationery metal. Too little deformation per pass results in excessive cost.

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Rolling involves high complexity of metal flow during the process. From this point of view, rolling can be divided into the following categories [3]: • • Uniform reduction in thickness with no change in width: Here, the deformation is in plane strain, that is, in the directions of rolling and sheet thickness. This type occurs in rolling of strip, sheet, or foil. Uniform reduction in thickness with an increase in width: Here, the material is elongated in the rolling direction, is spread in the width direction, and is compressed uniformly in the thickness direction. This type occurs in the rolling of blooms, slabs, and thick plates. Moderately non-uniform reduction in cross section: Here, the metal is elongated in the rolling direction, is spread in the width direction, and is reduced non-uniformly in the thickness direction. Highly non-uniform reduction in cross section: Here, the reduction in the thickness direction is highly non-uniform. A portion of the rolled section is reduced in thickness while other portions may be extruded or increased in thickness. As a result, in the width direction metal flow may be toward the center [3].

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Hot Rolling The distinctive mark of hot rolling is not a crystallized structure, but the simultaneous occurrence of dislocation propagation and softening processes, with or without recrystallization during rolling. The dominant mechanism depends on temperature and grain size. In general, the recrystallized structure becomes finer with lower deformation temperature and faster cooling rates and material of superior properties are obtained by controlling the finishing temperature [1]. Hot rolling offers several advantages [1]: 1) Flow stresses are low, hence forces and power requirements are relatively low, and even very large workpieces can be deformed with equipment of reasonable size. 2) Ductility is high; hence large deformations can be taken (in excess of 99% reduction). 3) Complex part shapes can be generated. The upper limit for hot rolling is determined by the temperature at which either melting or excessive oxidation occurs. Generally, the maximum working temperature is limited to 50°C below the melting temperature. This is to allow the possibility of segregated regions of lower melting material [4]. Cold Rolling Cold rolling, in the everyday sense, means rolling at room temperature, although the work of deformation can raise temperatures to 100-200°C. Cold rolling usually follows hot rolling. A material subjected to cold rolling strain hardness considerably. Dislocation density increases, and when a tension test is performed on this strain-hardened material, a higher stress will be needed to initiate and maintain plastic deformation; thus, the yield stress increases. However, the ductility of the material – as expressed by total elongation and reduction of area – drops because of the higher initial dislocation density. Similarly, 3

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strength coefficient rises and strain-hardening exponent drops. Crystals (grains) become elongated in the direction of major deformation [1]. Cold rolling has several advantages [1]: 1) In the absence of cooling and oxidation, tighter tolerances and better surface finish can be obtained. 2) Thinner walls are possible. 3) The final properties of the workpiece can be closely controlled and, if desired, the high strength obtained during cold rolling can be retained or, if high ductility is needed, grain size can be controlled before annealing. 4) Lubrication is, in general, easier. Rolling Problems and Defects The main problem during rolling process is the calibration of rollers. This calibration faults may occur in case of used bearings and may affect the thickness of parts. A simple classification is as here below: a. Lengthwise Occurring Defects Change of rollers speed Material temperature Roller temperature Inlet thickness Material properties Eccentric and conical rollers Used bearings b. Transversally Occurring Defects Parallel position of rollers Surface geometry of rollers

References
[1] Shey, John A., Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1987. [2] Groover M.P., Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing, John-Wiley and Sons, New York, 1999. [3] Rolling Process, http://www.cemr.wvu.edu. [4] Dieter, G.E., Mechanical Metallurgy, SI Metric Edition, McGraw-Hill Book Company, London, 1988.

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