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Publication numberUS3700432 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 24, 1972
Filing dateAug 11, 1970
Priority dateAug 11, 1970
Publication numberUS 3700432 A, US 3700432A, US-A-3700432, US3700432 A, US3700432A
InventorsBrickner Kenneth G
Original AssigneeUnited States Steel Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ferritic stainless steels with improved stretch-forming characteristics
US 3700432 A
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United States Patent 3,700 432 FERRITIC STAINLESS STRETCH-FORMING CHARACTERISTICS Kenneth G. Brickner, OHara Township, Allegheny County, Pa., assiguor to United States Steel Corporation Filed Aug. 11, 1970, Ser. No. 62,934 Int. Cl. C22c 39/14 US. Cl. 75-426 C 7 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention relates in general to ferritic stainless steel, sheet and strip and more particularly to annealed ferritic stainless steel with good stretchability.

Over the years, there has been a gradual but a continual growth in the use of stainless steel sheet and strip in applications requiring forming. This growth is expected to increase as consumers become more quality conscious and demand household and industrial goods made from stainless steels. For many of these applications, the ferritic stainless steels as typified by AISI Type 430 stainless steels are used.

In addition to their enhanced corrosion resistance, the ferritic stainless steels polish to a very high luster and are therefore employed in applications where appearance is important. Type 430 stainless steel is used in applications requiring a moderate degree of forming, such as kitchen sinks and luggage trim. For applications requiring somewhat better corrosion resistance than Type 430, such as automotive trim and hubcaps (which are subject to chloride-containing environments) proprietary Types 430- M0 (434) or 430-Mo-Cb (436) are employed. For applications involving severe stretch forming and in which the occurrence of ridging would be detrimental to appearance, columbium modified Type 430 (435) is often used because of the enhanced resistance to ridging supplied by columbium (US. Pat. 2,965,479). Ridging is an undesirable surface condition that occurs parallel to the direction of rolling and appears as narrow, raised areas, similar to corrugations on the surface of the sheet. One drawback to the use of the ferritic stainless steels in forming operations is their poor formability, particularly their stretch-forming characteristics, in comparison to low carbon steel, which is generally used for forming operations.

For many metals, the shape of the plastic portion of the tension stress-strain curve expressed in terms of true stress and true strain may be closely described by the Ludwik equation tr=Ke In this equation, it is n, the strain- STEELS wrrn IMPROVED ice hardening exponent, that is the measure of the ability of a metal to resist localized straining and thus withstand complex non-uniform deformation. If the uniform elongation is expressed as true strain, it is numerically equal to n. A metal with a low value of n will undergo localized straining early in a stretching process and failure will occur much before uniform straining has occurred. On the other hand, a metal that has a high 11 will tend to strain uniformly, even under non-uniform stress conditions. Thus, for good stretchability, a high strain-hardening exponent, n, is desirable. In fact, rather small changes in the average n valuehave a marked effect on the stretch-forming characteristics or stretchability of steel. The average n value, 5, is defined as follows:

where 0, 45, and are degrees from the rolling direction of sheet or strip.

The influence of even small changes in 71, on the ability to withstand non-uniform deformation and thereby resist failure, will be better appreciated by reference to the table below. The part involved is a low carbon steel door panel, the production of which requires an operation which is predominantly stretch-forming.

TAB LE I Number Percent of blanks scrap Steel n formed (failure) It may be seen, that as the i value increased just slightly, the percentage of scrap parts produced decreased rather markedly. Generally, the class of ferritic stainless steels under consideration, exhibit b values less than 0.21.. For example, the E values of some typical ferritic stainless stels, when tested as 0.040 inch thick annealed sheet were:

Composition (in percent by weight) Mn P S Si Cr Mo Cb 0. 54 0. 018 0. 012 0. 54 16. 9 0. 11 0. 03 0. 5O 0. 017 0. 011 0. 56 16. 9 1. 06 0. 02 0. 55 0. 017 0. 013 0. 49 17. 1 0. l2 0. 60 0. 62 0. 017 0. 012 0. 61 17. 2 l. 02 0. 47

It is, therefore, an object of this invention to provide annealed ferritic stainless steels with good formability, and particularly enhanced stretchability.

It is another object of this invention to provide a method for tailoring the stretchability properties of ferritic stainless steels for such applications as automobile and luggage trim.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a ferritic stainless steel with an average strain-hardening exponent, H, of at least 0.23, when produced as annealed sheet.

FIG. 1 shows the interaction of chromium and carbon and their effect on E value, and

N'G EXPO- rc STAINLESS STEELS INVES- AND AVE RAGE STRAIN-HARDENI FIG. 2 shows the beneficial effect of columbium on increasing value.

Shown in Table H are the compositions of the 34 steels that were prepared as induction-furnace heats during the development of the new steel. These steels can also be 5 made by conventional practice in an electric furnace. All

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II.COMPOSITIONS OF FERRITIC STAINLESS STEELS INVESTIGA'IED, IN WEIGHT PERCENT Heat Number No'rE.The above analysis reports only those elements which bear a relation to the instant invention. The various heats also contained:

heats were melted under an argon cover and cast into 3- inch-thick by 8-inch-wide by 14-inch-high slab-type molds for this study. The surfaces of each slab-type ingot were conditioned by machining. The slabs were hot rolled at 2150 F. to 0.160-inch-thick strip. The strip-finishing temperature was about 1500 F. Hot-rolled strip from each heat was given a simulated box anneal at 1450 F. for six hours and furnace cooled. The annealed strip was shotin salt for 15 seconds at 1450 F. and air cooled. The saltannealed 0.080-inch-thick strip was cleaned with a detergent and cold-rolled to 0.040-inch-thick strip, which was again annealed in salt for two minutes at 1450 F. and air cooled. These latter annealing treatments simulated commercial continuous annealing. The processing cycle from ingot to cold-rolled and annealed strip simulated closely that which is given commercially produced Type 430 stainless steels.

were sheared. Two blanks were sheared parallel to the rolling direction (longitudinal), two blanks were sheared transverse to the rolling direction, and two blanks were sheared at degrees from the rolling direction (diagonal). These blanks were then machined into formability test specimens, which were tension tested at room temperature and their n values determined. The

each steel were then calculated. The n values in the longi- 35 tudinal, transverse, and diagonal directions for the steels about 0.02 and 0.10 percent, respectively.

From the standpoint of E value alone, it is beneficial to increase Si to above that of the A181 specifications.

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However, silicon is known to be detrimental to both hot workability and weldability and should therefore be limited to less than about 2.0%. In applications in which severe bending will be encountered, it is desirable to even further limit the silicon content, thereby avoiding the detrimental effect that silicate inclusions have on bending performance. However, in order to maintain practical ranges for carbon and chromium, (i.e., those attainable by normal commercial melting practices, without the need for special melting procedures and controls) at least about 1.0% Si is desirable for providing a high '1? value.

The critical effect of decreasing the carbon content may be seen by reference to FIG. 1, which shows the predicted effect of carbon on i value for three levels of chromium. Thus, when chromium is within the lower end of the range, i.e., 15 to 16%, a minimum 75 value of 0.23 may be achieved by decreasing the carbon to below about 0.035% and 0.02% respectively, whereas, at high Cr levels, the effect of lowering the C content on i value is less significant. Thus, at the 18% Cr level, while some increase in E is achieved by lowering the carbon content, the rate of increase in b is too small to achieve a significant increase in 7 value. It should be recognized, that even lower Mn or higher Si in the steels under consideration, would permit the use of somewhat higher carbon and chromium contents. Low carbon levels, in addition to their effect on E values, are also desirable for minimizing bend failures. Because many stretch-formed parts are often subjected to severe bending operations, the ability to make such bends is also important. Inspection of the E equation shows the desirability of keeping Mn at low levels. In a composition in which Cr and C are kept at the lower end of the range (e.g. 15.0 and 0.1% respectively) and Si at the higher end of its range (e.g. approaching 2.0%), up to about 0.4% Mn can be tolerated.

Thus, a modified Type 430 steel with good formability and particularly good stretchability may be obtained in a composition comprising:

(a) employing C at the low end of the range, or (b) employing Mn at the low end of the range, or (c) employing Cr at the low end of the range, or (d) employing Si at the high end of the range,

or a combination of any two or more of the above expedients.

Type 430-Cb (435 ).These steels contain up to about 1.0% Cb as a purposeful alloy addition. FIG. 2 shows the predicted effect of columbium on E for two steels in which the Cr and Si contents have been varied. It may be seen that in both steels a maximum is attained at about 0.6 percent columbium. This is a reflection of the quadratic elfect of columbium as shown in the equation. It is also noteworthy that within the contemplated range, even as little as 0.1% Cb is beneficial in increasing the H value. Therefore, if Cb is employed in the preferred range of 0.4 to 0.8 percent, the permissible range of C, Cr, and Mn for attaining values of about 0.23 may thus be increased. For the same reason, it is no longer necessary to impose a 1.0 percent lower limit on the amount of Si, since by judicious control of the other elements, an ii value greater than 0.23 could be attained with as little as 0.1% Si.

Therefore, a modified Type 435 stainless steel with resistance to ridging and particularly good stretchability may be obtained in a composition comprising wherein the 5 value may be increased by either (a) employing C at the lower end of the range, or (b) employing Mn at the lower end of the range, or (c) employing Cr at the lower end of the range, or (d) employing Si at the higher end of the range, or (e) employing Cb near the middle of the range,

or a combination of any two or more of these aforesaid expedients.

Type 43 O-Mo (434).-Inspection of the equation shows that Mo additions are detrimental to high 7'4. values. Therefore in a steel, in which from about 0.5% to about 1.0% M0 is added to achieve corrosion resistance, it is necessary to employ C, Mn, and Cr at even lower levels (i.e. 0.02% 0.2% and 16.0% respectively) than for a basic Type 430 steel. Likewise, a minimum of about 1.4% Si is required to provide an E value of about 0.23.

Type 430 -Mo-Cb (436).It has been shown above, that within the ranges of Cb (0.4-0.8 percent) and Mo (.51.0 percent) under consideration, that these elements have counterbalancing effects on i value. Thus, within these ranges, a ferritic stainless steel with enhanced corrosion resistance (provided by the .Mo), resistance to ridging (due to the Cb) and particularly good stretchability may be achieved by employing a range of C (0.035 max.), Mn (0.4 max.), Si (LO-2.0) and Cr (14.5-16.5) substantially the same as that of Type 430 steel.

I claim:

1. A method for enhancing the stretch-forming characteristics of ferritic stainless steel sheet within the range consisting of C Trace to 0.12%. Mn Trace to 1.0%. Si Trace to 2.0%.

Cr 14.5 to 18.0%. Mo Trace to 1.0%. Cb Do.

balance Fe and incidental residual impurities, which comprises combining the above elements in proportions which satisfy the equation 0.03l5.062 (percent C)0.0l6 (percent Mn)'+0.014 (percent Si) +0.0005 (percent Cr) 0.021 (percent Mo)+0.0067 (percent Cb)+l.l2 (percent C0.097) -0.033 (percent Cb-0.50) +0.089 (percent C -0.097) (percent Cr17.05)

C Traceto0.12%. Mn Trace to 1.0%. Si Trace to 2.0%. Cr 14.5 to 18.0%. Mo Trace to 1.0%. Cb Do.

balance Fe and incidental residual impurities, in proportions which satisfy the equation:

00315-0062 (percent C)0.016 (percent Mn)-|0.014 (percent Si)+0.0005 (percent Cr)0.021 (percent Mo) +0.0067 (percent Cb)+1.12 (percent C0.097) 0.033 (percent Cb-0.50) +0.089 (percent C 0.097) (percent Cr17.05)

5. The steel of claim 4, wherein Cb and Mo are only 10 present in residual amounts and consisting of C Trace to 0.035%. Mn Trace to 0.4%. Cr 14.5 to 16.5%. 15 Si 1.0 to 2.0%.

balance Fe and incidental residual impurities.

6. The steel of claim 4, wherein M0 is only present in 2 residual amounts and consisting of C Trace to 0.05% Mn Trace to 0.5%. Cr 14.5 to 18.0%. Si 0.1

Cb 0.4 to 0.8%.

balance Fe and incidental residual impurities.

7. The steel of claim 4, wherein Cb is only present in residual amounts and consisting of C Trace to 0.02% Mn Trace to 0.2%. Cr 14.5 to 16.0%. Si 1.4 to 2.0%. M0 0.4 to 1.0%.

balance Fe and incidental residual impurities.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS L. DEWAYNE RUTLBDGE, Primary Examiner to 900%. 25 J. E. LEGRU, Assistant Examiner US. Cl. X.R.

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U.S. Classification420/69, 148/325, 148/506
International ClassificationC22C38/22, C22C38/26
Cooperative ClassificationC22C38/22, C22C38/26
European ClassificationC22C38/22, C22C38/26
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