Steels with 9-12% chromium content are widely used in steam turbines operating above 550°C due to their improved creep properties. Saarschmiede has extensive experience manufacturing high chromium steels, such as the X12CrMoWVNbN10-11-1 steel designed through the European COST program for application up to 610°C (COST Rotor E). From this steel, Saarschmiede produces high-pressure rotor shafts and gas turbine discs. To meet ever-increasing steam temperatures, a modified steel type with elevated boron content was developed, and pilot rotors have been manufactured. For ingot manufacturing of high chromium steels, Saarschmiede utilizes the Electro-Slag-Remelting process, allowing ingots up to 165 tons. Optimized forging and heat treatment procedures ensure reproducible forging properties. All products undergo rigorous destructive and non-destructive testing.

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