The Influence of Major Defects on the Properties of Continuous Galvanized Steel Sheet
Production of defect-free galvanized steel sheet is considered a major concern for automotive and other critical applications; nevertheless, the occurrence of some defects in the coated sheets is unavoidable. In order to alleviate the problem, we need to know the extent to which the properties of a galvanized sheet are influenced by the presence of a given defect. In this investigation, specimens including any of the two major defects of continuously galvanized steel sheets were selected from a large number of coated samples. The defects, including furnace roll pimples and bare spots, were microstructurally characterized and their influence on corrosion behaviour and mechanical properties of the steel sheet was evaluated. Corrosion resistance was examined via standard salt spray test and Tafel polarization. Tensile test was employed as a measure of mechanical properties of the defective galvanized sheets. The results indicated that the presence of defects had little influence on the tensile properties of the samples, but considerably reduced their corrosion resistance. Based on the results of salt spray tests, pimples reduced corrosion resistance of galvanized sheets 23 % (50 hours) on average and bare spot defects caused reduction in corrosion resistance up to 39%.
Faruk Yigit and Mohammed S. J. Hashmi
A. Azimi et al., "The Influence of Major Defects on the Properties of Continuous Galvanized Steel Sheet", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 445, pp. 661-666, 2012