Whether to use hot rolled sheet pile or cold formed sheet pile is a question a lot of people face when working with products in the steel industry. However, to know which is right for a project it is best to first know what each are and the differences between the two. The topic of this article will focus on hot rolled sheet pile, what it is used for and the benefits of choosing sheet pile produced with this method.
What is Hot Rolled Sheet Pile?
Hot rolled steel is manufactured through a milling process that involves the steel being rolled at extremely high temperatures to be shaped into its final product – often sheet pile. Steel is rolled at a temperature above its recrystallization temperature, which is over 1700° F. Heating the steel to such a high temperature allows it to be easily shaped and formed into sheet pile. Once the steel cools from the heat, the size decreases slightly so the final size of the product must be estimated. Hot rolled is the desired method for producing sheet metal when the tolerances and the surface quality are not a main factor.
Hot rolled steel can be used in a variety of applications throughout almost every industry in the world. This process is most often utilized to make steel products that are larger in size. It is also ideally used to manufacture structural components and to make sheet pile. It is commonly found in applications for the transportation, construction and railroad industries.
Cost – In most cases, sheet pile that has been cold formed is two times more expensive that hot rolled sheet pile. The difference in price is a result of cold formed steel being a more involved metal-working process.
Malleability – Sheet pile that has been hot rolled is much more malleable than cold formed sheet pile. This allows the product to be more easily forced into the desired shape.
Versatility –Cold rolled steel has little versatility as to what it can be shaped into. Hot rolled steel can be created into a variety of shapes to fit nearly any desired application.
(This article comes from jaydfields editor released)