The F Terms of Metals Terminology by Acier Lachine

The “F” Terms – Metal Industry Glossary

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FATIGUE

Fatigue (fr: Fatigue): A phenomenon consisting of a fracture under repeated or wavering stresses having a maximum value less than the ultimate tensile strength of the material.

FLAME CUTTING (FOR METALS)

Flame cutting (for metals) (fr: Découpe à la flamme – pour métaux): A process used for cutting and shaping metals; also know by many more names like oxy-fuel cutting, oxygen burning, steel burning and other terms. Flame Cutting is Thermo-Chemical process that requires an intense source of heat and pure oxygen (minimum purity of 99.5%). The cut occurs by using a torch to heat the metal to its auto-ignition temperature, and then a stream of oxygen is directed on the metal, burning it into metal oxide that exits the kerf as slag.

FOLDING (OF METAL SHEETS)

Folding (of metal sheets) (fr: Pliage – de tôles métalliques): A type of metal bending technique in which clamping beams hold the longer side of the sheet; the beam rises and folds the sheet, enabling the forming of parts with positive and negative bend angles. In metal folding, the bend angle is influenced by factors like: folding angle of the beam, tool geometry and material properties. Folding allows the working of large sheets, facilitating the automation of the process.

FORMING

Forming (fr: Formage): The operation of converting a flat sheet metal work piece into a 3-dimensional object.

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