|Forging is the application of thermal and mechanical energy to steel billets or ingots to cause the material to change shape while in a solid state.
Forging offers uniformity of composition and structure. Forging results in metallurgical recrystalisation and grain
refinement as a result of the thermal cycle and deformation process. This strengthens the resulting steel product particularly in terms of impact and shear strength.
Forged steel is generally stronger and more reliable than castings and plate steel due to the fact that the grain flows of the steel are altered, conforming to the shape of the part.
The advantages of forging include:
- Generally tougher than alternatives
- Will handle impact better than castings
- The nature of forging excludes the occurrence of porosity, shrinkage, cavities and cold pour issues.