Hot working refers to processes where metals are plastically deformed above their recrystallization temperature. Being above the recrystallization temperature allows the material to recrystallize during deformation. This is important because recrystallization keeps the materials from strain hardening, which ultimately keeps the yield strength and hardness low and ductility high.
The shaping of metal at temperatures close to the metal’s molten state. Steel is typically hot worked at temperatures approximately 1300°F (700°C). The shaping of metal at temperatures close to the metal’s molten state. The most important aspect of any hot working process is controlling the temperature of the workpiece. 90% of the energy imparted into the workpiece is converted into heat.
Therefore, if the deformation process is quick enough the temperature of the workpiece should rise, however, this does not usually happen in practice. Most of the heat is lost through the surface of the workpiece into the cooler tooling. This causes temperature gradients in the workpiece, usually due to non-uniform cross-sections where the thinner sections are cooler than the thicker sections. Ultimately, this can lead to cracking in the cooler, less ductile surfaces. One way to minimize the problem is to heat the tooling.
It is process in which the metal is subjected to forces above recrystallisation temperature to give it a desired shape. Above recrystallisation temperature, the metal becomes plastic and causes of growth grains. By hot working the grains broke up and forms small new crystals which is called refinement of grains.
The various methods of hot working are:
a) Hot rolling
The engineering properties can also be improved by reorienting the inclusions (impurities). In the cast state the inclusions are randomly oriented, which, when intersecting the surface, can be a propagation point for cracks. When the material is hot worked the inclusions tend to flow with the contour of the surface, creating stringers. As a whole the strings create a flow structure, where the properties are anisotropic (different based on direction). With the stringers oriented parallel to the surface it strengthens the workpiece, especially with respect to fracturing. The stringers act as “crack-arrestors” because the crack will want to propagate through the stringer and not along it.