Influence of Roll Speed Schedule on Transverse Wall Thickness Evenness of Shell Elongated by Mandrel Mill
The seamless steel tube continuous rolling process with 8-stand full-floating mandrel is simulated with the aid of commercial FE code MSC. SuperForm. The relationship is analyzed between the distribution of the transverse wall-thickness and the speed schedule of the rollers. The result shows that the transverse evenness of the wall thickness of the tubes can be enhanced by optimizing the speed schedule. Furthermore, by adopting meliorated method to measure the wall-thickness of the shell, the error is reduced while data reliability is increased. When using the existing equipments (mandrel mill), it is an effective way to improve the transverse wall-thickness accuracy of the shell tube by adjusting the speed schedule. Compared with present roll speed schedule, the transverse wall-thickness accuracy can be increased by 10% for the rolling of elongated shell with 152.5mm in OD and 6mm in wall thickness tube under the 3# speed schedule put forward in this paper.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
S. Z. Li et al., "Influence of Roll Speed Schedule on Transverse Wall Thickness Evenness of Shell Elongated by Mandrel Mill", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 1311-1314, 2010