2001 Volume 41 Issue 10 Pages 1282-1288
The aim of this work was to build up a model, working on a PC, able to simulate the controlled cooling of wire rods in an EDC conveyor. The effect of the cooling pattern on the temperature profile and the austenite microstructural evolution during hot rolling have been studied.
This computing system will provide a high flexibility for simulating different operational conditions and for forecasting the thermal and microstructure evolution during the cooling after hot rolling, including the prediction of microstructural final properties, in the EDC conveyor of the SIDENOR wire rod rolling mill in Vitoria.
The use of this integrated model enables calculation of the temperature distribution through the section and along the width of the loop, and allows a systematic study of the parameters influencing the cooling behaviour. Besides, the effects of different parameters and their complex correlation can be studied.