What are the Forging Defects ,causes  and remedies

Defects in Forging

Though forging process provides good quality products compared to other manufacturing processes, some defects that are lightly to come if proper care is not taken in forging process design. A brief description of such defects and their remedial method is given below.Forging defects are explained below.

Unfilled Section

This defect refers to localized unfilled portion within the die cavity due to improper design of the forging die or inappropriate selection of the forging technique.

Cold Shut

Cold shut appears as small cracks at the corners of the forged part that is caused primarily due to very tight fillet radii that inhibit smooth material flow towards the corner of the die.

Scale Pits

Scale pits are seen as irregular deputations on the surface of the forging that is caused primarily due to improper cleaning of the stock used for forging. The oxide and scale gets embedded into the finish forging surface. When the forging is cleaned by pickling, these are seen as deputations on the forging surface.

Die Shift

Die shift is caused by the misalignment of the top and the bottom dies making the two halves of the forging to be improper shape.


These are basically internal ruptures caused by the improper cooling of the large forging. Rapid cooling causes the exterior to cool quickly causing internal fractures. This can be remedied by following proper cooling practices.

Improper Grain Flow

This is primarily caused by the improper design of the die that induces material flow in an inappropriate manner leading to various defects.
Forging Defects 
Forging Defects

Remedies for Forging Defects:

Defects in forging can be removed as follows:
  1. Surface cracks and decarburized areas are removed from forging parts by grinding on special machines. Care should also be taken to see that the job is not under heated, decarburized, overheated and burnt.
  2. Shallow cracks and cavities can be removed by chipping out of the cold forging with pneumatic chisel or with hot sets.
  3. The parting line of a forging should lie in one plane to avoid mismatching.
  4. Destroyed forgings are straightened in presses, if possible.
  5. Die design should be properly made taking into consideration all relevant and
  6. important aspects that may impart forging defects and ultimate spoilage
  7. The mechanical properties of the metal can be improved by forging to correct fiber line.
  8. The internal stresses developed due to heating and cooling of the job can be removed by annealing or normalizing
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