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What does it mean if steel is forged?

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Forging steel is a manufacturing process where the metal is shaped using compressive forces, typically applied through the use of a hammer, press, or die. This process is performed at high temperatures, making the steel more malleable and easier to shape.

The primary goals of forging steel are to improve its mechanical properties, such as strength, toughness, and durability, by refining its grain structure and removing any defects or impurities. Forging also helps to align the grain of the steel in a direction that enhances its strength and resistance to fatigue and impact.

There are different methods of forging, including:

Hand forging: Traditional method where the steel is shaped manually using hammers and anvils.

Machine forging: Utilizes hydraulic presses or mechanical hammers to shape the steel.

Die forging: Steel is shaped using a die set, which provides precise control over the final shape and dimensions.

Open-die forging: The steel is hammered or pressed between flat dies, allowing for more freedom in shaping but less precision compared to closed-die forging.

Forged steel products are widely used in various industries, including automotive, aerospace, construction, and manufacturing, where high strength and reliability are required. Examples of forged steel products include crankshafts, connecting rods, gears, shafts, and various structural components.
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