A method for manufacturing a high strength formable continuously annealed steel strip
Research output: Patent › Scientific
|Publication status||Published - 6 Mar 2019|
|Publication type||H1 Granted patent|
The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing high strength formable steel, to a high strength formable continuously annealed steel strip product and to a steel coil. Especially the present invention relates to those steel strips, which utilize microalloying based strengthening instead of substantial phase hardening. The present invention is based on the idea of direct quenching the microalloyed hot-rolled steel strip after the last hot-rolling pass of the hot-rolling step to a temperature below 400 °C and subjecting such quenched steel strip to a continuous annealing at a temperature between 400 and 900 °C. This way at least part of, preferably at least most of the microalloying elements stay uniformly in the solution during the manufacturing of hot-rolled strip and they include precipitation potential for the following process step(s). Due to the present invention, the produced steel strip is extremely well formable taking into account the strength level.