The paper presents the results of investigations aimed at enhancing the durability of slitting passes in the process of three-strand rolling of 16 mm-diameter ribbed bars. Using the Forge2011® computer program, numerical modelling of the rolling process was carried out in order to examine the variations in band shape in individual rolling passes, to verify the correctness of the designed new slitting pass system, to determine the local strains in the rolled band, and then to determine the distribution of unit friction force work on the roll groove surface. From the obtained investigation results it was found that the application of the new roll pass design in stands 13-16 increased their durability in the rolling process by approx. 30%. The wear of the roll sets for the stands under examination after rolling out the annual 16 mm-diameter bar production volume was determined in the study. The obtained numerical modelling results were verified in experimental tests.
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