TimkenSteel opens SBQ steel research centre

TimkenSteel recently opened a USD 5M technology centre at its Northeast Ohio corporate campus to gives the company a unique advantage in achieving clean special bar quality (SBQ) steel and developing new steel grades.

“TimkenSteel is the global leader in clean steels because we understand the science and measurement of inclusions better than anyone, and we’re the only steelmaker that can take that understanding and use it to predict component life”, said Ray Fryan, vice president of technology and quality at TimkenSteel. “The new TimkenSteel Technology Center, along with the talent across our entire team, enhances our ability to develop the SBQ steel that our customers need to solve their toughest challenges.”

The TimkenSteel Technology Center features a dozen laboratories, including a brand new scanning electron microscope, an ultrasonic lab, a physical process modelling lab and additional labs where metallurgists and materials scientists can test steel and find inclusions less than the width of a hair.

Steel cleanness is important for high performance in critical products such as gears, bearings, axles, crankshafts, down-the-hole drilling equipment and military applications. The 20,000ft2 facility, in combination with the company’s steelmaking capabilities, allows TimkenSteel to integrate learning and knowledge and achieve high levels of steel performance from the company’s new USD 200M jumbo bloom vertical caster at the Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton.

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