Forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces. One the materials that can be forged is steel. Forged components are found in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, agricultural, and aerospace. Let’s take a look at some of the industries steel forgings are found in and how they are used.
Automotive and Truck
The characteristics of forged parts strength, reliability, and economy are what makes them ideal for vital automotive and truck applications. Forged components are commonly found at points of shock and stress such as wheel spindles, kingpins, axle beams and shafts, torsion bars, ball studs, idler arms, pitman arms and steering arms.
Strength, toughness, and economy are also important in farm implements. In addition to engine and transmission components, key forgings subjected to impact and fatigue range from gears, shafts, levers and spindles to tie-rod ends, spike harrow teeth and cultivator shafts.
Made of various ferrous, non-ferrous and special alloy materials, forgings are widely used in commercial jets, helicopters, piston-engine planes, military aircraft, and spacecraft. High strength-to-weight ratio and structural reliability can favorably influence performance, range, and payload capabilities of the aircraft.
General Industrial Equipment
Forgings of great size are often found in industrial equipment and machinery used by the steel, textile, paper, power generation and transmission, chemical and refinery industries.
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