Ring Rolling speed rolls optimization to improve ring quality and reduce production time
Keywords:Ring Rolling, Milling Curve, Process optimization, FEM
In this paper, an analysis of the production time reduction as a function of the Idle and Axial rolls speed law in a Ring Rolling process was examined. Starting from an industrial case study, the authors defined a new milling curve able to produce a better ring quality with lower loads. From this result, the authors tested the effect of the production time reduction till the 40% of the initial one. The Ide roll velocity was varied in a range between 0.71 and 1.13 mm/s while the Axial roll between 0.35 and 1.70 mm/s. Geometrical and load parameters have been taken into account to compare the results achieved. The authors identified in the external ring diameter and in the Idle roll maximum load the most critical parameter to control; in particular, a break-even point was determined in order to select a set of rolls speed laws able to produce a good quality ring with lower production time (about 20%) and lower loads (about 10 %). In this research both experimental and numerical approaches were followed.