What Goes Into Forged Steel Parts

Forged steel fittings are considered the best in the industry. According to Metal Works America, forged steel parts have a 37% higher fatigue strength, which results in six times longer fatigue life. Here’s what you should know about how forged steel fittings are made.

1. Steel Alloy

Forged steel is crafted from steel alloy. The type used largely depends on what type of product is being forged. Steel alloy is always a combination of iron and carbon along with other elements. Those additional elements can be manganese, silicon, chromium, sulfur, and more.

Each of these elements adds strength and durability to the metal. These elements are then blended before proceeding to the next step. The forging process is outlined below.

2. Heat Processing

Next, the steel “billet” is heated under intense heat. The temperature to heat the steel surpasses the recrystallization temperature of around 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. The billet then becomes malleable at this temperature.

The hot billet is then placed in a mold using an open die, closed die, upset forging process. The metal is shaped into the final product during this process. After the forging process, the product undergoes controlled cooling to avoid fractures.

3. Quality Control

The final step in producing forged steel fittings is finishing and quality control. In some cases, the fittings move on to machine finishing, ensuring complete precision. Parts are deburred and move on to the final finish stage.

The surface is then finished to ensure corrosion resistance. The parts are checked a final time and packed for shipping. The entire process of production is carefully monitored and documented to ensure the quality of the parts.

Forged steel fittings are known for their exceptional strength, reliability, and durability. They are favored by petrochemicals, aeronautics, and other industries where precision performance is a must. They deliver reliability in the most trying conditions.

Working with a supplier that offers a wide inventory of forged steel parts and fittings is one of the best ways to ensure the structural integrity of your piping systems. A trusted source that is invested in your pipeline’s success can be a great asset to your business. Call Lynco Flange & Fitting today to learn more about our quality forged steel parts.

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