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Effect of Clearances in Mill Stands on Strip End Motion During Finishing Rolling

Advanced Institute of Manufacturing with High-Tech Innovations AIMHI, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, Minhsiung, Chiayi 62102, Taiwan
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Metals 2019, 9(7), 727; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9070727
Received: 24 May 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 24 June 2019 / Published: 27 June 2019
The process stability of finishing mill is significantly influenced by the clearance between the chocks and housing in mill stands. The on-site data of a finishing mill had shown that the clearances in the finishing mill stands were clearly associated with the incidence of strip end flip. The aim of this work was to establish a numerical model to analyze the effect of the clearances on the deviation of the centerline of the strip and on the incidence of strip end flip. By adopting conditions from a particular strip, the numerical model not only predicted the strip end shape, but also visualized strip end flip, which would be otherwise invisible. Four different degrees of asymmetry regarding work rolls and backup rolls were postulated. It was found that the degradation of the work rolls’ clearance level was the most significant influence on the centerline deviation of the strip. Strip end flip was most susceptible to the degradation of the horizontal clearance of the work roll. The simultaneous degradation of the work rolls’ and backup rolls’ level of clearance led to larger reactions and enhanced the asymmetric wear on the liners. The superimposed axial clearances at the roll end provided an axial constraint to the work roll, and were able to reverse the trend of centerline deviation. The numerical results provided a guideline for designing a suitable maintenance strategy for clearances. View Full-Text
Keywords: finishing rolling process; mill stand clearances; roll chock; mill stand liners; centerline deviation; strip end flip finishing rolling process; mill stand clearances; roll chock; mill stand liners; centerline deviation; strip end flip
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Hsu, H.-K.; Aoh, J.-N. Effect of Clearances in Mill Stands on Strip End Motion During Finishing Rolling. Metals 2019, 9, 727.

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