OMK Starts Production of Bimetallic Steel Sheets
Russian steel maker United Metallurgical Company OMK has begun production of stainless steel coated bimetallic sheets for the petrochemical industry, nuclear engineering and shipbuilding at its Vyksa plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region. A layer of stainless steel gives metal and metal products special protective anticorrosive properties, distinguished by durability, resistance to aggressive environments and mechanical damage. To manufacture a new type of product, the enterprise mastered the assembly of its own bimetallic bags from rolled slabs of steel and stainless steel sheet by welding. The equipment of the modern metallurgical complex stan-5000 OMK makes it possible to produce sheets of large sizes, up to 18 meters in length and 4.5 meters in width. The total thickness of the clad sheet varies from 18 to 50 mm. The layer of stainless steel on the finished sheet is from two to eight millimeters, depending on the customer's requirements. The first orders were shipped to consumers in the spring.
Cladding is applying a thin layer of another metal or alloy to the surface of metal sheets, plates, wires or pipes by the thermo mechanical method by hot rolling. Plated are metals coated with any metallic or non-metallic material. If the cladding layer is metallic, then such a material is called bimetal or two-layer metal. Bonding between metals occurs as a result of diffusion under the influence of joint deformation of the hot work piece. The purpose of cladding is to create a layer of material with special protective properties on the surface of ferrous metal.