Roll cooling

Optimum roll cooling in hot and cold rolling mills

In the metalworking rolling process in hot and cold rolling mills, heat is generated by friction and deformation in the mechanical forming of the rolling stock. As a result, efficient cooling of the rolls as well as the surrounding roll area is essential for the forming process in order to ensure stable roll temperatures and effective heat conversion or removal. The aim is thus to provide a uniform homogeneous cooling across the roll width with a uniform, acceptable thermal distribution.

Roll Cooling

The fundamentals for efficient and economical roll cooling are an optimized nozzle and header arrangement. In the process of rolling the most significant aspect is the generation of heat through friction and deformation in the roll bite.

The most important aspects are:

  • Maintaining uniform, stable roll temperatures, circumferentially around the roll and transversely across the roll width
  • Creating optimum thermal crowns and minimum differential in temperature in the upper and lower work rolls with optimum heat extraction

Because of the current demands on mills to process much lighter exit gauges from increased incoming hot strip thickness, much larger reductions are necessary on individual mill stands, such high reductions at a nominal width result in a larger area of contact with corresponding higher rolling force, friction and heat generation.

These high reduction schedules combined with the requirement to produce widening range of material cross-sections with a more diverse range of softer and harder materials also result in increasingly greater challenges in the control of roll temperature and the effective transfer/extraction of heat.

Roll CoolingSymmetrical top and bottom roll cooling arrangements

Achievement of a uniform homogenous cooling

Establishing a uniform homogenous cooling across the rolling width with a uniform and acceptable thermal distribution (no gradients) is the ultimate goal as regards cooling and assures that the universal problem of post cooled shape after recoil is minimized. A well designed, cooling
system in good operating condition will achieve several important objectives

  • Maximum heat extraction at minimal coolant consumption n Symmetrical thermal profiles on the work rolls (minimum gradient in temperature)
  • Controlled thermal crowns
  • “Normal” steady state roll temperatures
  • No differentials in the thermal conditions between the top and bottom work roll
  • Ensure that the roll bending system is kept within range by maintaining the appropriate thermal crown height and symmetry
Roll CoolingRoll and coil transverse temperature gradients (left). Top and bottom spray header in line (parallel) to center lines of work rolls (right).

Highlighted Products

Nozzles for roll cooling process

Nozzles for roll cooling processes

Whether hot rolling or cold rolling – Lechler offers nozzles and systems to increase quality and efficiency.

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Nozzle systems for selective roll cooling processes

Nozzle systems for selective roll cooling processes

Systems and valves for selective roll cooling. The Lechler SELECTOSPRAY® system can be operated in conjunction with any of the shape control systems currently available. The nozzle / valve zoning of the SELECTOSPAY® system is matching the zoning of the shape roll.

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For additional products, please refer to suggested literature. 

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