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**Exploration of Elements Affecting the Main Properties of Screw Steel** ()

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*Open Journal of Applied Sciences*,

**8**, 184-188. doi: 10.4236/ojapps.2018.85015.

1. Introduction

Hot-rolled ribbed bar is commonly known as deformed steel bar, it’s mainly used for skeleton of reinforced concrete component and it requires certain mechanical strength, bending and deformation properties, fabrication weldability. The chemical composition [1] in steel is the basic element that influences the final structure property of hot rolled steel. As for this article, firstly, yield strength, tensile strength and percentage elongation after fracture are measured by means of TOPSIS comprehensive evaluation method. And then, based on the correlation degree analysis, the influence of various chemical elements is investigated.

2. Determine Main and Secondary Influence Factors

The TOPSIS comprehensive evaluation method based on entropy weight is used to determine the primary and secondary influence factors and secondary factors that affect the screw steel.

2.1. Data Processing

The yield strength, tensile strength and percentage elongation after fracture are the indexes where higher numbers would indicate improved properties. That is, in general, the higher the value of the properties of the screw thread steel, the better the properties. In order to avoid the error caused by the data which are too large or too small, it is necessary to narrow the difference between the various indicators. According to the information given by the title, t is not difficult to find that the elongation at break is 1/10 of the other two indicators. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with the percentage elongation after fracture.

The unit of the selected indicators of the unit is bound to have an impact on the evaluation results. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out non dimensional treatment of properties index. The standard deviation formula is:

${\stackrel{^}{X}}_{ij}=\frac{{X}_{ij}-{\stackrel{\xaf}{X}}_{i}}{\sqrt{{\displaystyle \underset{j=1}{\overset{N}{\sum}}{\left({X}_{ij}-{\stackrel{\xaf}{X}}_{i}\right)}^{2}}}}$ (1)

2.2. Determine the Weight of the Index

Considering different indicators have different impact on the overall properties of deformed steel bar of different sizes. We assign different weights to each index. In this paper, the entropy weight method [2] is used to calculate the specific gravity of the index value of the j th items under the ith indexes:

${P}_{ij}=\frac{{r}_{ij}}{{\displaystyle \underset{i=2}{\overset{m}{\sum}}{r}_{ij}}}$ (2)

The j th indicators of entropy ${e}_{j}$ :

${e}_{j}=-k{\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{m}{\sum}}{p}_{ij}}\cdot \mathrm{ln}{p}_{ij},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}k=\frac{1}{\mathrm{ln}m}$ (3)

2.3. The Solution of Closeness Degree

We use the entropy weight method to determine the weight of each index. For vector ${w}_{i}$ , Weighted normalization of the decision making matrix is needed.

That is $V={\left({v}_{ij}\right)}_{m\times n}$ By each row of the matrix and the corresponding weights are multiplied [3] :

$V=\left[\begin{array}{cccc}{v}_{11}& {v}_{12}& \cdots & {v}_{1n}\\ {v}_{21}& {v}_{22}& \cdots & {v}_{2n}\\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ {v}_{m1}& {v}_{m2}& \cdots & {v}_{mn}\end{array}\right]=\left[\begin{array}{cccc}{r}_{11}\cdot {w}_{1}& {r}_{12}\cdot {w}_{1}& \cdots & {r}_{1n}\cdot {w}_{1}\\ {r}_{21}\cdot {w}_{2}& {r}_{22}\cdot {w}_{2}& \cdots & {r}_{2n}\cdot {w}_{2}\\ \vdots & \vdots & \ddots & \vdots \\ {r}_{m1}\cdot {w}_{m}& {r}_{m2}\cdot {w}_{m}& \cdots & {r}_{mn}\cdot {w}_{m}\end{array}\right]$ (4)

Through the formula (4) to obtain the decision matrix, then calculate the positive and negative ideal solution of the normalized weighted target according to the matrix:

${V}^{+}=\left\{\underset{1\le i\le m}{\mathrm{max}}{v}_{ij}|i=1,2,\cdots ,m\right\}=\left\{{v}_{1}^{+},{v}_{2}^{+},\cdots ,{v}_{m}^{+}\right\}$ (5)

${V}^{-}=\left\{\underset{1\le i\le m}{\mathrm{min}}{v}_{ij}|i=1,2,\cdots ,m\right\}=\left\{{v}_{1}^{-},{v}_{2}^{-},\cdots ,{v}_{m}^{-}\right\}$ (6)

The distance between each sample evaluation vector to the positive ideal solution and the distance from the negative ideal solution are calculated respectively:

${D}_{j}^{+}=\sqrt{{\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{m}{\sum}}{\left({v}_{ij}-{v}_{i}^{+}\right)}^{2}}}$ (7)

${D}_{j}^{-}=\sqrt{{\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{m}{\sum}}{\left({v}_{ij}-{v}_{i}^{-}\right)}^{2}}}$ (8)

${v}_{ij}$ is the weighted normalized value of the jth sample of item ith. ${v}_{i}^{+}$ is the most preferred value of the ith index in the sample evaluation. ${v}_{i}^{-}$ isthe least preference value of the ith index in the sample evaluation.

The distance between positive and negative ideal solutions of each evaluation vector calculated by the formula (7-8). The formula for calculating the degree of closeness is as follows:

${C}_{j}=\frac{{D}^{-}}{{D}^{-}+{D}^{+}},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(1\le j\le n\right)$ (9)

The closeness degree determined by the TOPSIS method is a number between 0 and 1. Its value is bigger, the properties of deformed steel bar is better. We randomly selected a part of the specification 1 of deformed steel bar, the data is processed to get the close degree of deformed steel bar as follows in Table 1.

3. Grey Relational Grade Analysis

Grey correlation analysis method is a kind of multivariate statistical analysis method, it uses the sample data of each factor as the basis to describe the strength, size and order of the factors by using the gray correlation degree. If the sample

Table 1. Closeness degree.

data shows the Changing trend of two factors is basically consistent, then the correlation between them is large; otherwise, the correlation degree is small.

The problem requires us to analyze the main factors that affect the properties of deformed steel bar and the secondary factors. Then there is a certain relationship between these chemical elements and the properties of deformed steel bar. The grey incidence analysis can describe the relationship, so the correlation degree analysis method is suitable to solve the problem. Its expression is [4] :

${\xi}_{i}\left(k\right)=\frac{\underset{s}{\mathrm{min}}\underset{t}{\mathrm{min}}\left|{x}_{0}\left(t\right)-{x}_{s}\left(t\right)\right|+\rho \text{\hspace{0.05em}}\underset{s}{\mathrm{max}}\underset{t}{\mathrm{max}}\left|{x}_{0}\left(t\right)-{x}_{s}\left(t\right)\right|}{\left|{x}_{0}\left(k\right)-{x}_{i}\left(k\right)\right|+\rho \text{\hspace{0.05em}}\underset{s}{\mathrm{max}}\underset{t}{\mathrm{max}}\left|{x}_{0}\left(t\right)-{x}_{s}\left(t\right)\right|}$ (10)

In the above formula: ${x}_{0}\left(t\right)$ is properties index of deformed steel bar. ${x}_{i}\left(t\right)$ is a kind of chemical elements. $\underset{s}{\mathrm{min}}\underset{t}{\mathrm{min}}\left|{x}_{0}\left(t\right)-{x}_{s}\left(t\right)\right|$ is the minimum value of two kinds of chemical elements. $\underset{s}{\mathrm{max}}\underset{t}{\mathrm{max}}\left|{x}_{0}\left(t\right)-{x}_{s}\left(t\right)\right|$ is the maximum value of two kinds of chemical elements.

Select a chemical element i as a reference matrix, j properties indexes of deformed steel bar are used as comparison matrix, it can describe the relationship between the chemical element i and the j properties index of deformed steel bar. First, take the specification 1 of deformed steel bar as an example, and to conduct grey relational grade analysis. Then use MATLAB programming to calculate ${\xi}_{i}\left(k\right)$ between each index. Because each index has 7124 samples, it is difficult to directly use the results to show the correlation degree of each index, we decided to adopt the method of calculating the average value. Its expression is:

${r}_{i}=\frac{1}{N}{\displaystyle \underset{i=1}{\overset{N}{\sum}}{\xi}_{i}\left(k\right)}$ (11)

By calculating the correlation coefficient between various chemical elements and specification 1 of deformed steel bar. Results are shown in Table 2.

Table 2. Specification 1 relevance coefficient table.

In the same way, we can get the correlation coefficient of various kinds of chemical elements on the properties of deformed steel bar of specification 2.

Combined with two specifications of deformed steel bar, the main factors and secondary factors that influence the properties of deformed steel bar are analyzed according to the correlation coefficient of two tables. The correlation coefficient of Ceq, C , Cr and Si on specification 1 of deformed steel bar are 0.852, 0.843, 0.779 and 0.787 respectively. 0.845, 0.848, 0.782 and 0.776 are on specification 2.They are all more than 0.7, so it shows that these four kinds of chemical elements are the main factors that influence the properties of deformed steel bar. And Mn, Mo, ALT, Ni, Cu, Cr, S, P and V are the secondary factors that affect the properties of deformed steel bar. We find this result is consistent with the actual situation by consulting relevant information [5] .

4. Conclusions

In the current standard, the upper and lower limits of the main elements C, Si, and Mn are clearly defined; P and S are harmful elements, and the upper limit is limited. Other elements are residual trace elements, and the control requirements for V, Ti, B, Ca, and Sn have not yet been clearly defined.

According to our conclusion that Ceq, C, Cr and Si are the main factors that affecting the properties of screw steel while Mn, Mo, ALT, Ni, Cu, Cr, S, P, and Si are secondary ones. It has been recognized that Cu, Cr, Ni, Mo, etc. do have an effect on the performance of the steel, so their content is expected to be standardized further.

Acknowledgements

This project is supported by National Natural Foundation of China (11301120, 11601151), National Natural Foundation of Hebei Province (A2015209189) and young talents support project of Hebei Province.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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