Types of Metals That Can Be Forged

Forgings are remarkable and way better than metal parts manufactured by any other method in terms of compatibility. What’s more, forgings can be manufactured using a wide array of metals making it a versatile process of manufacturing highly durable part components. The following article lists the kind of metals that can be forged along with their applications. Read on.

Forgings demonstrate a uniform crystalline structure characteristically thereby assuring excellent response to all sorts of unequaled uniformity, development of the maximum amount of part properties and heat treatment. Since forged components have negligible structural defects, the parts offer maximum tenacity, durability and performance.

Moreover, the negligible levels of internal discontinuities makes forged parts dependable for machining thus being used for a wide range of metal cutting and shaping processes such as:

Plasma jet techniques

Electrical discharge machining

Chemical milling,

Electrochemical machining

Shear spinning

Broaching

Boring

Drilling

Milling

Turning, etc.

Forgings can be fabricated readily by various assembling processes like riveting, bolting or welding. In fact, the designing of single piece forgings are simple and even eliminate the requirement of assemblies. In many industrial applications, forgings are used without machining and conditioning. Forged surfaces are highly suitable to protective and decorative coating, painting, polishing, plating, etc.

Array of Metals that can be Forged-

Aluminum Forgings – These can be readily forged helping provide low density parts with a great strength to weight ratio. These forgings are used primarily in transportation and aircraft industries where temperatures aren’t expected to exceed 400 degrees.

Brass, Bronze and Copper Forgings – All three of these metals are highly suited to the process of forging. These tower flanges, alloy steel forgings thermal and electrical conductivity and find use in applications that require corrosion resistant parts.

Magnesium Forgings – These forgings offer forged parts having the lowest density of all metals. These forgings are used for high temperature environments ranging from 500 degrees to 700 degrees.

Low Alloy and low carbon Steel Forgings – Forgings can be easily processed with these metals at low material cost while providing great mechanical properties. The heat responses through are varied for different metals. Ideal for applications where the temperatures range up to 900 degrees.

Special Alloy Steel Forgings – These forging offer excellent strength at room temperatures and are used in high stress applications such as aircraft and missiles, agricultural and industrial equipment, mining and transportation.

HSLA or Micro alloy steel Forgings – These forgings offer part strengths close to low alloy and carbon steel forgings and can be derived using simple thermo mechanical treatment at economical rates.

Titanium Forgings – These forgings offer excellent resistance to corrosion, low density and high strengths. These forged parts are used in applications where the temperatures range up to 1000 degrees.

Nickel-based super-alloy forgings – These forgings offer great oxidation resistance and creep ruptures strength and is used in applications where the temperatures range between 1200-1800 degrees.

Zirconium Forgings – Manufactured in limited quantities, zirconium forgings offer great corrosion resistance and are used in special applications, mostly in nuclear plants.

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