View Full Version : Is 'bloom' the correct term?
09-27-2007, 01:07 AM
Posted a bunch of photos of this on another thread...... I am working in my machine shop class with this cool long cylindrical piece of cold rolled mild steel that looks like a salamii. Here's a quick peek:
Is this correctly called a bloom? If not, what is the correct term? Any pointers to sites/pages with glossaries of terms for metal in its various shapes/forms/processes, etc?
Thanx in advance,
09-27-2007, 09:18 AM
It's a bar. See http://www.steel.org/Content/NavigationMenu/LearningCenter/SteelGlossary/Steel_Glossary.htm for terms.
09-27-2007, 09:24 AM
Bloom really isnt the correct term .
Most mills nowadays are ConCast mills ( continous casting ) where molten steel is poured into a water cooled mold and further shaped by rollers
Typical shapes that come out are slabs ( to be rolled into sheet goods ) and blooms and billets
By definition, a bloom is square or oblong is at least 3m square cross section. They are further made into beams, channels, rails etc
A billet is smaller and longer than a bloom . Billets are made from blooms or made directly from the concast . Typically bars, pipe, tubes, wires are made from billets
If you google "continous casting" I'm certain you will find lots of info
09-27-2007, 11:40 AM
Thanks for the informative responses....
I think I now have a basic handle on bloom vs. billet. vs. bar. Sometimes the terminology flies around so fast and thick that is is easy to get things a bit jumbled up. The steel.org site is particularly helpful and informative.
09-27-2007, 09:04 PM
Never heard the term bloom before..i always called it round bar..learnin everyday!
09-28-2007, 07:51 AM
Where i worked ,it was called bar stock if it was solid.
10-01-2007, 02:14 AM
Or round stock. :rolleyes:
10-02-2007, 09:43 PM
Ummm....I'd probably call it....steel?
Never was too worried about the terminology...just what I could make from it :D
Gotta go with RockyD on this one, generally call it round stock in my book