Table of Contents
Texture, Stress, and Microstructure
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 173083, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/173083
Research Article

Texture Control During the Manufacturing of Nonoriented Electrical Steels

1Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
2Electrical Steel Product Development Management, ArcelorMittal, Guldensporenpark 78, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium

Received 20 July 2007; Accepted 19 February 2008

Academic Editor: Claude Esling

Copyright © 2008 Leo Kestens and Sigrid Jacobs. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Methods of modern quantitative texture analysis are applied in order to characterize the crystallographic texture of various non-oriented electrical steel grades in view of their relation with the magnetic properties of the steel sheet. A texture parameter is defined which quantifies the density of 100 easy magnetic directions in the sheet planes. An extensive correlation study revealed the relation of this parameter with the hysteresis losses, determined at an induction of 1.5 T, and with the induction measured at an applied external field of 25 A/cm. It is shown that the latter magnetic property is the more texture dependent, whereas the former one is more sensitive to the grain size of the steel. Also various strategies for texture control are critically reviewed. It is shown that the conventional manufacturing process only provides poor tools for optimizing the texture of the final product. In order to obtain a quantum-leap improvement of the magnetic quality of the texture, in combination with other important microstructural features, nonstandard processing strategies are required, such as cross-rolling, two-stage cold rolling, or surface annealing.