TRIP refers to “TRANSFORMATION INDUCED PLASTICITY” and is sometimes referred to as TRIP STEELS. With TRIP, the steel undergoes a slow transformation when stress and/or deformation is applied to the steel. For example, in applications of severe impact abrasion.
How does ENDURA Steel’s TRIP Work?
Austenite, which remained after heat treatment, is transformed to Martensite thereby increasing the strength, ductility and overall hardness of the steel. In other words, the more the steel is hit, compressed or impacted, the harder it gets and, most importantly, the more ductile it becomes.
Think of catching a baseball. You hold your hand in a ridged position and the ball crashes into, and damages your hand. Now imagine letting your hand “give a little” as you catch the ball, like a trampoline. A great reduction in the damage to your hand would be seen.
This is the TRIP EFFECT of ENDURA and ENDURA DUAL when rocks, gravel and other abrasive materials crash into it, and is why it out lasts all other wear steels.
Is TRIP Exclusive to Endura Steel?
ENDURA and ENDURA Dual are the only wear steels with TRIP EFFECT.
Because of the trip effect, chemistry, and homogeneous microstructure ENDURA and ENDURA Dual will outlast other wear steels. This means less downtime, and in some cases, a reduction in steel thickness enabling an increase in payload.