(19)
(11)EP 1 666 624 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
07.06.2017 Bulletin 2017/23

(21)Application number: 04772660.9

(22)Date of filing:  26.08.2004
(51)Int. Cl.: 
C23C 2/06  (2006.01)
C23C 22/06  (2006.01)
C23C 2/26  (2006.01)
C23C 22/53  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2004/012704
(87)International publication number:
WO 2005/021823 (10.03.2005 Gazette  2005/10)

(54)

HOT DIP ZINC PLATED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF

FEUERVERZINKTE STAHLPLATTE UND HERSTELLUNGSVERFAHREN DAFÜR

TOLE D'ACIER PLAQUEE DE ZINC PAR IMMERSION A CHAUD ET PROCEDE DE PRODUCTION DE CETTE TOLE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
DE FR GB

(30)Priority: 29.08.2003 JP 2003307072
29.08.2003 JP 2003307073
17.09.2003 JP 2003324770
17.09.2003 JP 2003324771
16.01.2004 JP 2004008967

(43)Date of publication of application:
07.06.2006 Bulletin 2006/23

(73)Proprietor: JFE Steel Corporation
Tokyo, 100-0011 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • TAIRA, Shoichiro, I.P. Dept. JFE Steel Corporation
    Tokyo 1000011 (JP)
  • SUGIMOTO, Yoshiharu, I.P. Dept. JFE Steel Corp.
    Tokyo 1000011 (JP)
  • MIYAKAWA, Yoichi I.P. Dept. JFE Steel Corporation
    Tokyo 1000011 (JP)
  • GAMOU, Akira, I.P. Dept. JFE Steel Corporation
    Tokyo 1000011 (JP)
  • NAGOSHI, Masayasu I.P. Dept. JFE Steel Corporation
    Tokyo 1000011 (JP)
  • KAWANO, Takashi, I.P. Dept. JFE Steel Corporation
    Tokyo 1000011 (JP)

(74)Representative: Grünecker Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB 
Leopoldstraße 4
80802 München
80802 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A- 1 288 325
JP-A- 2000 160 358
JP-A- 2002 256 448
JP-A- 2003 138 364
EP-A- 1 616 973
JP-A- 2002 256 448
JP-A- 2003 138 362
JP-A- 2003 306 781
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present invention relates to a hot dip galvanized steel sheet (including galvannealed steel sheet) which has excellent press-formability, bondability, and phosphatability, and which is used for thin steel sheet for automobile and the like, and also to a method for manufacturing thereof.

    BACKGROUND ART



    [0002] Hot dip galvanized steel sheets are widely used in automobiles, electrical appliances, and other apparatuses owing to their good corrosion resistance compared with ordinary cold-rolled steel sheets. The hot dip galvanized steel sheets in these uses are often press-formed. The hot dip galvanized steel sheets have, however, a drawback of inferiority in press-formability compared with the cold-rolled steel sheets because the galvanizing components in the hot dip galvanized steel sheet adhere with the press die thus making the sliding resistance between the steel sheet and the die large and instable compared with that for the cold-rolled steel sheets. That is, for a hot dip galvanized steel sheet, the steel sheet becomes difficult in sliding into the die during the press-forming stage at a portion such as bead part where the sliding resistance increases, which likely induces fracture of the steel sheet-.

    [0003] A common practice to improve the press-formability of zinc-based plated steel sheet is a method of coating a high viscosity lubricant oil. The method, however, has problems such as the generation of defects during the painting stage caused by insufficient degreasing, and the instable press-formability during the press-forming stage caused by absence of the lubricant oil. To solve these problems, minimization of the quantity of lubricant oil is an effective means. To do this, however, the improvement in the press-formability of zinc-based plated steel sheet is required.

    [0004] The galvannealed steel sheet is a hot dip galvanized steel sheet which formed an Fe-Zn alloy layer thereon after heating thereof. The alloy layer is normally composed of Γ phase, δ1 phase, and ζ phase. When the Fe concentration decreases, the alloy layer tends to decrease in hardness and melting point in an order of Γ phase - δ1 phase - ζ phase. From the viewpoint of sliding performance, the Γ phase with high Fe concentration is effective because of the.high hardness, the high melting point, and the hardly-inducing adhesion. Accordingly, thegalvannealed steel sheet which emphasizes the press-formability is manufactured so as to have a high average Fe concentration in the alloy layer.

    [0005] When, however, the average Fe concentration in the alloy layer increases, the Γ phase which is hard and brittle is likely formed at the interface between the plating and the steel sheet, thereby likely inducing a phenomenon of peeling of plating (what is called the "powdering") in the vicinity of the interface during the press-forming stage.

    [0006] JP-A-1-319661, (the term "JP-A" referred to herein signifies the "Unexamined Japanese Patent Publication"), discloses a method of forming a hard iron-based alloy as the secondary layer on ordinary alloy layer using electroplating method or the like to attain both the sliding performance and the powdering resistance. The double plating layer, however, increases the manufacturing cost.

    [0007] Further low cost methods are disclosed in JP-A-53-60332 and JP-A-2-190483. According to these disclosed technologies, the weldability and the press-formability are improved by forming an oxide film composed mainly of ZnO on the surface of a zinc-based plated steel sheet applying electrodeposition treatment, dipping treatment, coating oxidation treatment, or heat treatment.

    [0008] JP-A-4-88196 discloses a technology to improve the press-formability and the phosphatability by forming an oxide film composed mainly of a P oxide on the surface of a zinc-based plated steel sheet by dipping the steel sheet in an aqueous solution of pH 2 to 6, containing 5 to 6 g/liter of sodium phosphate, by applying electrodeposition treatment in the aqueous solution, or by spraying the aqueous solution onto the steel sheet.

    [0009] Furthermore, JP-A-3-191093 discloses a technology to improve the press-formability and the phosphatability by forming a Ni oxide film on the surface of a zinc-based plated steel sheet by applying electrodeposition treatment, dipping treatment, coating treatment, coating oxidation treatment, or heat treatment.

    [0010] However, the inventors of the present invention applied the technologies, disclosed in the respective JP-A-53-60332, JP-A-2-190483, JP-A-4-88196, and JP-A-3-191093 to hot dip galvanized steel sheets, and found that these technologies cannot improve stably the press-formability. Detail study for the cause of failing in attaining the stable improvement has revealed the following. A hot dip galvanized steel sheet contains Al oxide, and a galvannealed steel sheet contains an irregularly distributed Al oxide and has an increased roughness on the surface of plating layer, thus a desired film cannot be stably formed for both cases even by electrodeposition treatment, dipping treatment, coating oxidation treatment, heat treatment, and the like. Specifically for the galvannealed steel sheet, several micrometers or larger irregular profile on the surface thereof is created owing to the non-uniformity of alloying reaction and to the shape of Fe-Zn alloy phase, thereby increasing the sliding resistance at the surface of plateau to deteriorate the press-formability. Furthermore, the inventors of the present invention determined the friction factor of ZnO film formed on each of the hot dip galvanized steel sheet and the galvannealed steel sheet by a physical method, and found that sufficient press-formability cannot be attained. The findings lead to a conclusion that the conventional technologies of forming a ZnO film on the surface of plating layer cannot expect the sufficient improvement in the press-formability even when a uniform film is formed

    [0011] To this point, the inventors of the present invention disclosed a technology to improve the sliding performance in JP-A-2001-323358. According to the disclosure, a plateau is formed on a planting layer on a galvannealed steel sheet, and a film composed of an oxide or a hydroxide containing Zn, Fe, Al, and the like is formed on the plateau, and further a fine irregular profile is formed on the surface of plateau including the film.

    [0012] Although the technology disclosed in JP-A-2001-323358 improves the press-formability more than the technologies disclosed in the above patent publications, there was occurred insufficient improvement in the press-formability in some cases.

    [0013] In recent years, the bonding method of hot dip galvanized steel sheets increases the cases of applying adhesives to bonding the steel sheets together. To do this, however, the hot dip galvanized steel sheets have to have strong bonding strength, or have excellent bondability.

    [0014] The above-described conventional technologies, however, decrease the bondability and the phosphatability, in some cases, by forming a film on the hot dip galvanized steel sheet.

    [0015] JP 2002 256448 A discloses a method for manufacturing a galvanized steel sheet, wherein said method comprises the steps of subjecting the steel sheet to hot-dip galvanizing, whereafter alloying said hot-dip galvanized steel with a heat treatment, subsequent temper rolling it and then contacting it with an acid solution, whereby the steel sheet is left for one to 30 seconds after finishing contacting. Then, the steel sheet is washed with water and dried. The acidic solution used for the above method contains Fe- and Zn-ion. Moreover, the pH of the acidic solution is set in the range of 1 to 5 and the coating weight of the acidic solution is adjusted to smaller than 3 g/m2.

    [0016] JP 2003 138362 A discloses a galvannealed steel sheet having excellent sliding characteristics at press-forming, wherein said galvannealed steel sheet is formed by a method comprising steps of plating a steel sheet in a galvanization bath, performing subsequently alloying treatment and temper rolling. Thereafter, the temper-rolled steel sheet is immersed in an acidic solution having a pH of 1.5 and containing ferrous sulfate in an amount of 400 g/l, zinc sulfate in an amount of 15 g/l and sodium acetate in an amount of 30 g/l. After immersing the steel sheet in the acidic solution, the steel sheet is rinsed and dried. The thus obtained alvanneaied steel sheet has a layer of oxides of Fe, Zn and Al of 1 to 400µm in thickness, which layer is formed on a flat part of a plating surface of said steel sheet. Further, on this oxide layer, projections composed of the oxides or hydroxides of Fe and Zn are formed, wherein said projections have a maximum height of 5 to 300 µm wherein, from a cross-sectional view, the number of said projections is 20 to 1000 pieces for a length of 10µm.

    [0017] JP 2003 138364 A refers also to galvannealed steel sheets having excellent sliding characteristics at press forming. The galvannealed steel sheet is formed by a method comprising steps of plating a carbon steel sheet in a galvanization both and performing an alloying treatment following by the step of temper rolling to flatten the crowning of the heights of the plating layer, thereby forming a flat part in the plating surface of the temper rolled steel sheet. Thereafter, the temper-rolled steel sheet is immersed for at least one second in a sulfuric acid solution containing 300 g/l of FeSO4 and 7 H2, 30 g/l of ZnSO4 and 7 H2, 20 g/l sodium acetate and 15 g/l sodium-acid-citrate. Said acidic solution has a pH of 2.2. Thereafter, the steel sheet is rinsed and dried. As further disclosed in Tables 1 and 2 of D5, the Fe concentration in the plating coat ranges from 8.6 mass % to 10.9 mass% and 8.5 mass% to 10.8 mass%, respectively.

    [0018] JP 2003 306781 A also deals with a method for manufacturing a galvannealed steel sheet having excellent slidability characteristic at the time of press forming, comprising steps of hot dip zincing a steel plate followed by heat treatment to apply alloying treatment to the plating layer and temper rolling said alloyed plate to smoothening the plating surface. Thereafter, the steel plate is immersed in an acidic solution and then neglecting for one to 30 seconds. The acidic solution has a pH buffer action obtained by adding thereto phthalate such as sodium acetate and acid potassium phthalate, citrate such as sodium acid citrate and citrate 2-potassium, succinate such as sodium succinate, and lactate such as sodium lactate. The pH of said acidic solution is set in the range of 1.0 to 5.0. The acidic solution contains 50 g/l of zinc sulfate, 50 g/l of ferrous sulfate, 30 g/l of sodium sulfate and 20 g/l of sodium acetate. The Fe concentration in the plating coat ranges from 9.3 mass % to 11.4 mass %.

    DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION



    [0019] An object of the present invention is to provide a hot dip galvanized steel sheet having excellent press-formability, bondability, and phosphatability, and to provide a method for manufacturing thereof.

    [0020] The above object is attained by a hot dip galvanized steel sheet as defined in claim 1 and a method for manufacturing the same as defined in parallel claim 5. Further embodiments of the hot dip galvanized steel sheet and the method for manufacturing the same are defined in dependent claims 2 to 4 and 6 to 10, respectively.

    [0021] The hot dip galvanized steel sheet according to the present invention can be manufactured by a manufacturing method having the steps of: hot-dip-galvanizing a steel sheet; temper-rolling the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to form a plateau on a surface of the galvanized layer; bringing the temper-rolled hot dip galvanized steel sheet into contact with an acidic solution containing Fe ion and having a pH buffering effect to form a film being composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O on a surface of the plating layer; and allowing to standing the hot dip galvanized steel sheet for 1 to 30 seconds after contacting with the acidic solution, followed by washing thereof with water.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0022] 

    Figure 1 is a schematic drawing of flat sliding test apparatus.

    Figure 2 shows an example of the shape of bead for determining the coefficient of friction.

    Figure 3 shows another example of the shape of bead for determining the coefficient of friction.

    Figure 4 illustrates a test piece for determining bondability.

    Figure 5 illustrates the bondability test.

    Figure 6 is a schematic drawing of draw-bead tester.

    Figure 7 shows the structure of film-forming apparatus.


    EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION



    [0023] An effective means to improve the press-formability of hot dip galvanized steel sheet is to decrease the sliding resistance of the surface of plating layer contacting directly with the die during the press-forming stage.

    [0024] To do this, a plateau is formed on the surface of plating layer, and a film of an O-containing compound such as an oxide, which can decrease the sliding resistance, is formed on the plateau, thereby limiting most part of the surface contacting with the die during the press-forming stage to the plateau , and effectively reducing the sliding resistance.

    [0025] A presumable reason of decreasing the sliding resistance by forming a film of O-containing compound, or of attaining good lubrication, is that the O-cortaining compound such as an oxide is generally hard and has high melting point, thus the adhesion of the plating layer with the die can be suppressed.

    [0026] For the case of galvannealed steel sheet, when a plateau is formed on the surface of plating layer by a mechanical means such as temper-rolling, the oxide containing Al, existing on the surface of plating layer, can be destroyed locally, thereby efficiently and uniformly providing the film of O-containing compound.

    [0027] The percentage of the plateau on the surface of plating layer is preferably in a range from 30 to 70% by area.

    [0028] For attaining a film having further high lubrication and having excellent bondability and phosphatability, it is effective to add Zn and Fe to the compound. Since the ion radius of Zn (II) differs from that of Fe, the growth of Zn oxide and Fe oxide interferes with each other, thereby refining the compound. Actually, according to a finding of the inventors of the present invention, the film of an oxide containing Zn and Fe likely becomes fine lamellar-like oxides compared with the film of oxide only of Zn, which likely forms coarse plate-like oxides. Although the reason of attaining that high lubrication by that type of film is not fully analyzed, a presumable reason is that Fe varies the electron state of the oxide of Zn to increase the adsorption of the lubricant oil on the film, or that the O-containing compound is refined to an appropriate compound size to increase the adsorption area of the lubricant oil on the film. Since, that fine compounds are formed, the surface of plating layer has strong adhesion, thus not decreasing the bondability. The non-decrease in the bondability is attained presumably by a large number of contact points between the compounds and the surface of plating layer, and by not-concentrated external force to a specific compound. The refinement of the compound is expected to improve the bonding strength with the adhesives on bonding the steel sheets using adhesives and the like, thereby contributing to the improvement of the bondability of the hot dip galvanized steel sheets. Since the refined compounds readily dissolve during the phosphatization treatment even if they remain until immediately before the phosphatization treatment, they do not adversely affect the formation of phosphatized film. Therefore, good phosphatability is attained.

    [0029] As described above, with the film composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, high lubrication and excellent bondability and phosphatability are attained. To do this, it is necessary to regulate the ratio of the quantity of Fe to the sum of the quantity of Zn, [Zn](% by atom), and the quantity of Fe, [Fe] (% by atom), or {[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe]), in the film to a range from 0.002 to 0.15. If the ratio of the quantity of Fe is smaller than 0.002, a plate-like oxide composed mainly of Zn, which has weak bondability between the surface of plating layer and the O-containing compound, is formed, thereby decreasing the adhesion of film and further decreasing the bondability. In addition, no effect of Fe addition to oxides is obtained, and it is not insufficient to improve the lubrication. On the other hand, if the ratio becomes larger than 0.15, the efficiency to form the O-containing compound decreases, thus, in an ordinary chemical method for film-forming using a solution fails to form stably a film having large film thickness necessary to decrease the sliding resistance. Furthermore, that excessively large quantity of Fe gives excessively refined film, which results in insufficient effect to improve the lubrication. Consequently, if the ratio {[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe]} is within a range from 0.002 to 0.15, further high lubrication and excellent adhesion are attained.

    [0030] The {[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe]) in the film was determined by a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS). That is, a cross section sample of the surface layer was cut to prepare from the plateau of the surface of plating layerusing the focused ionbeamprocessing (FIB) method, and electron beams were radiated onto the film on the sample, then the element analysis was applied on 5 to 10 points along the film thickness using EDS, followed by determining the atom concentration using the approximation as film. Since the percentages of Fe in the film may be non-uniform in the depth direction in some cases, the [Fe] is an average value of the Fe quantities determined at the respective analytical points. The judgment inside the film was given by defining the point where the X-ray intensity of Zn becomes half the intensity on the surface of plating layer as the interface at the steel sheet side, and by defining the point where the X-ray intensity of Zn in the film becomes half as the surface. Alternatively, scanning Auger, microscope (SAM) can be used to conduct the element analysis at the surface of the plateau of the plating layer to determine the {[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe]} value. Nevertheless, if the percentages of Fe in the film are non-uniform in the depth direction, the TEM method gives more correct determination.

    [0031] The average film thickness A which is determined by the element analysis of the film composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and 0 has to be 10 nm or larger to sufficiently decrease the sliding resistance. On the other hand, if the average film thickness A becomes larger than 100 nm, the film is fractured during the press-forming stage to increase the sliding resistance, to decrease the film adhesion, and to deteriorate the weldability of hot dip galvanized steel sheet. Therefore, the average film thickness A determined by the film element analysis of the film is required to enter the range from 10 to 100 nm.

    [0032] The average film thickness A determined from the element analysis of the f ilmwas derived by SAM combined with Ar+ sputtering. That is, the secondary electron image observation function in SAM identified, (readily identifiable), the plateau on the surface of plating layer, and the sputtering and the observation were repeated down to a depth where the O concentration becomes almost unchanged applying the Ar+ sputtering at 3 kV of acceleration voltage over a region of about 3 µm x 3 µm on the surface of plateau down to a specified depth, then the composition at the depth was determined from the detected element peak intensity applying a relative sensitivity factor correction. After the O content in the film became the maximum value at a certain depth, (the depth may be the uppermost layer in some cases), the O content decreased to give a constant value. The film thickness A was determined by converting a sputtering time, when the sum of the maximum value and the reached constant value becomes half at a depth deeper than the depth that gives the maximum value of O content, into the depth, based on the sputter rate of, for example, a SiO2 film having a known film thickness. The observation was given to at least three flat parts per a single sample, and the average of the three observed values was derived.

    [0033] If the average film thickness B determined by observation of film thickness cross section is in a range from 20 to 1000 nm, and if the film thickness ratio B/A is 1. 5 or larger, further high lubrication is attained, and further low sliding resistance is attained. A film having large ratio of the average film thickness B to the average film thickness A means a film having a large void fraction therein. Larger B/A value provides higher lubrication because the positions for adsorbing the lubricant oil increase and because the lubricant oil easily enters the void, thus larger B/A provides higher lubrication.

    [0034] If the average, film thickness B is smaller than 20 nm, or if the ratio B/A is smaller than 1.5, the void fraction in the film becomes small, which fails to attain high lubricant, If the average film thickness B exceeds 1000 nm, the weldability deteriorates, and the manufacturing cost increases.

    [0035] Formation of a film having the average film thickness B in a range from 20 to 1000 nm and having the film thickness ratio B/A of 1.5 or larger is attained by decreasing the value of {[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe]} within the range of the present invention, or by decreasing the quantity of Fe in the film.

    [0036] The average film thickness B determined by observation of film thickness cross section was derived from the observation of bright field image of TEM. The TEM observation sample was prepared by forming a carbon layer on the surface of plating layer using a carbon coater to protect the surface, and then by cutting the cross section at the plateau of the surface of plating using FIB method, thus obtaining the cross section sample of the surface of plating layer containing the film. The bright field image on the cross section of plating layer was observed and photographed under a defocus condition slightly offset from the just-focus point (focused state). Then, straight lines were drawn between the individual peak points on the film over about 10 µm length parallel to the film, and the lengths of these lines were averaged to obtain the average film thickness B.

    [0037] Applicable compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, forming the film includes an oxide, a hydroxide, and a mixture thereof.

    [0038] The present invention is also applicable to a galvannealed steel sheet on which the hot dip galvanizing layer is processed by alloying treatment.

    [0039] The hot dip galvanized steel sheet according to the present invention can be manufactured, as described before, by a method having the steps of: hot-dip-galvanizing a steel sheet; temper-rolling the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to form a plateau on a surface of the galvanized plating layer; bringing the temper-rolled hot dip galvanized steel sheet into contact with an acidic solution containing Fe ion and having a pH buffering effect to form a film composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and 0 on a surface of the plating layer; and allowing the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to standing for 1 to 30 seconds after contacting with the acidic solution, followed by washing thereof with water.

    [0040] When a hot dip galvanized steel sheet is brought into contact with an acidic solution, zinc in the plating layer dissolves. The dissolution of zinc is considered to accompany the generation of hydrogen so that the hydrogen ion concentration in the acidic solution decreases along with the progress of zinc dissolution, and pH of the acidic solution increases, thereby forming a film of O-containing compound composed mainly of Zn on the surface of zinc plating layer. When the acidic solution has a pH buffering effect, the pH increase in the acidic solution becomes mild even if zinc dissolves and even if hydrogen generation reaction begins, thus the zinc dissolution positively proceeds to form a film of O-containing compound, sufficient to improve the sliding performance.. When Fe ion exists in the acidic solution, the Fe ion reduction reaction begins to precipitate trace amount of Fe on the surface of plating layer , which suppresses the excess growth of the film of O-containing compound composed mainly of Zn, thereby forming a film of very fine compound.

    [0041] The hot dip galvanized steel sheet after contacting with the acidic solution is washed with water. If the time for allowing to standing prior to the washing with water is less than 1 second, the acidic solution is removed before forming the film of O-containing compound composed mainly of Zn. If the time therefor is more than 30 seconds, the film thickness saturates. Therefore, the hot dip galvanized steel sheet after contacting with the acidic solution has to be washed with water after allowing to standing for a period from 1 to 30 seconds.

    [0042] When the hot dip galvanized steel sheet is brought into contact with the acidic solution, the acidic solution is preferably retained on the surface thereof as a thin film. Excess acidic solution retained on the surface of the steel sheet does not increase the pH of the solution even when the zinc dissolution occurs, and the formation of an O-containing compound composed mainly of Zn may take a long time, and further the plating layer may be significantly damaged to lose the rust-preventive performance inherent in the plating layer. Accordingly, the quantity of acidic solution retained on the surface of hot dip galvanized steel sheet is preferably 3 g/m2 or smaller. The adjustment of the quantity of acidic solution, can be done by squeeze-rolling, air-wiping, and the like.

    [0043] The Fe ion being added to the acidic solution has two kinds : Fe2+ and Fe3+. Both of these Fe ions are effective to form a film of a fine compound containing Zn, Fe, and O. However, presence of Fe3+ generates large amount of sludge in the acidic solution to likely cause bruising on the surface of the steel sheet. Accordingly, smaller Fe3+ concentration is better. Since, however, Fe2+ is actually oxidized with time to increase Fe3+, an acidic solution free from Fe3+ cannot be attained. Therefore, the control of Fe 3+ concentration in the acidic solution is important, and the Fe3+ concentration is preferably limited to 2 g/liter or smaller to prevent the occurrence of bruising. The control, of Fe3+ concentration can be done by renewing the acidic solution when the Fe3+ concentration exceeds 2 g/liter, or by dissolving Fe in the acidic solution to utilize the Fe3+ reduction reaction.

    [0044] To stably form the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, it is preferable to use an acidic solution having pH buffering effect within a region of pH from 2 to 5. An index for the evaluation of the pH buffering effect is the degree of pH increase, which is defined by the quantity of an aqueous solution of 1 mole/liter sodium hydroxide solution (ml) necessary to increase the pH of 1 liter of the acidic solution from 2 to 5. Specifying the degree of pH increase in a range from 3 to 20 is preferred to stably form the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O at thicknesses of 10 nm or more in a plateau on the surface of plating layer. The specification of the pH increase region in a range from 2 to 5 is adopted because the pH larger than 5 triggers the generation of Zn oxide and becomes difficult to form the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O having the thicknesses of 10 nm or larger even if the steel sheet is allowed to standing for a long time after contacting with the acidic solution, and because the pH smaller than 2 fails to substantially contribute to the easiness of forming the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O. If the pH increase degree is smaller than 3, the pH increase proceeds rapidly to flail in sufficient zinc dissolution, which results in insufficient formation of the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O. If the pH increase degree exceeds 20, the zinc dissolution is enhanced to take a long time for forming the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, and also the plating layer may be seriously damaged to lose the rust-preventive performance inherent in the plating layer. Regarding the pH increase degree of the acidic solution having pH larger than 2, the evaluation is given by decreasing the pH of the acidic solution to 2 by adding an inorganic acid having very little pH buffering effect, such as sulfuric acid, to the acidic solution within a pH range from 2 to 5.

    [0045] Applicable acidic solution having the pH buffering effect includes the one having pH from 1 to 5 and containing 5 to 50 g/liter of pH buffer of at least one of: acetic acid salt such as sodium acetate (CH3COONa) ; phthalic acid salt such as potassium hydrogen phthalate ((KOOC)2C6H4); citric acid salt such as sodium citrate (Na3C6H5O7) and potassium dihydrogen citrate (KH2C6H5O7) succinic acid salt such as sodium succinate (Na2C4H4O4); lactic acid salt such as sodium lactate (NaCH3CHOHCO2); tartaric acid salt such as sodium tartarate (Na2C4H4O6); boric acid salt; and phosphoric acid salt. If the concentration of the pH buffer is smaller than 5 g/liter, the pH increase begins relatively early along with the dissolution of zinc, which fails to form the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, sufficient to improve the sliding performance. If the concentration of the pH buffer exceeds 50 g/liter, the zinc dissolution is enhanced to take a long time for forming the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, and the plating layer may be seriously damaged to lose the rust-preventive performance inherent in the plating layer. If the pH of the acidic solution is smaller than 1, formation of the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O becomes difficult, though the zinc dissolution is enhanced. If the pH of the acidic solution exceeds 5, the dissolution rate of zinc decreases. Consequently, the pH of acidic solution is preferably in a range from 1 to 5. If the pH of acidic solution is larger than 5, the pH can be adjusted by an inorganic acid having no pH buffering effect, such as sulfuric acid, or by an acidic solution of the applying salt such as the salt of acetic acid, phthalic acid, and citric acid.

    [0046] To add Fe ion to the acidic solution, it is preferred to add at least one of sulfuric acid salt, nitric acid salt, and chloride of Fe, and further to adjust the Fe ion concentration to a range from 0.1 to 100 g/liter. If the Fe ion concentration is smaller than 0.1 g/liter, the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O is formed solely by the above salts having the pH buffering effect, and the film thickness control and the refinement of compound may become difficult. If the Fe ion concentration exceeds 100 g/liter, the growth of the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O is significantly suppressed, and the film necessary to improve the sliding performance may not be formed. Although the addition of Fe ion is effective in the film thickness control and the refinement of compound, the Fe ion in the acidic solution enhances the dissolution of the plating layer to bring the plating layer weak, thus more likely inducing the peeling of plating, or what is called the "powdering" , during the press-forming stage. From this viewpoint, the Fe ion is preferably 10 g/liter or smaller. When the application to a position being subjected to severe bending/unbending deformation is expected, the Fe ion concentration is more preferably 5 g/liter or smaller. The term "Fe ion concentration" referred to herein signifies the total concentration of Fe2+ and Fe3+.

    [0047] Before the hot dip galvanized steel sheet is brought into contact with the acidic solution, it is preferable to bring the steel sheet into contact with an alkaline solution to activate the surface thereof. The contacting with alkaline solution is adopted by the reason described below. For a galvannealed steel sheet, although the oxide containing Al, formed on the surface of plating layer after plating, is fractured and removed by the roll during the temper-rolling stage, a part thereof still remains on the surface of plating layer, which makes the reactivity with the acidic solution non-uniform, thereby may failing in forming a homogeneous film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O. For the case of non-alloyed hot dip galvanized steel sheet, the surface of plateau has a portion which does not contact with the roll face of the temper-rolling and which retains the oxide containing Al, thus the surface activation is specifically preferred to be performed by applying alkali treatment or the like to remove a part or all of the oxide.

    [0048] There is no specific limitation of the method for contacting with alkaline solution, and dipping method, spray method, and the like may be applied. If the pH of alkaline solution is low, the reaction becomes slow to take a long time for the treatment. Accordingly the pH of alkaline solution is preferably 10 or larger. Applicable alkaline solution includes sodium hydroxide.

    [0049] If the acidic solution is retained on the surface of hot dip galvanized steel sheet after water-washing and drying, the steel sheet coil likely generates rust during a long time of storage. To prevent the rust generation, it is preferred to bring the hot dip galvanized steel sheet after contacting with the acidic solution dip in an alkaline solution or to spray an alkaline solution to neutralize the acidic solution remained on the surface of the steel sheet. In this case, the pH of the alkaline solution is preferably 12 or smaller to prevent the dissolution of the film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, formed on the surface of plating layer. Applicable alkaline solution includes sodium hydroxide and sodium phosphate.

    [0050] Similar effect is attained by heating the steel sheet after hot-dip-galvanizing to process the plating layer by alloying treatment.

    [0051] As described above, since the present invention uses an acidic solution containing Fe ion and having pH buffering effect, a film of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O, providing excellent sliding performance, bondability, and phosphatability can be stably formed. Even when the acidic solution contains other metallic ions and inorganic compounds as impurities or as intentional additives, the effect of the present invention is not deteriorated. In particular, when a hot dip galvanized steel sheet contacts with the acidic solution, although the Zn ion is dissolved to increase the Zn concentration in the acidic solution, the increase in the Zn ion concentration does not affect the effect of the present invention.

    [0052] The zinc plating bath for manufacturing the hot dip galvanized steel sheet according to the present invention is required to contain Al. Even when elements other than Al, such as Fe, Pb, Sb, Si, Sn, Mn, Ni, Ti, Li, and Cu exist in the zinc plating bath, the effect of the present invention is not deteriorated.

    [0053] Contacting the hot dip galvanized steel sheet with the acidic solution can be done by dipping the hot dip galvanized steel sheet in the acidic solution, by spraying the acidic solution thereto, by coating the acidic solution thereon using a roll, and the like.

    [0054] Even when the film composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O contains elements such as F, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, and Ba, existing in the acidic solution, or contains adsorbed water, the effect of the present invention is not deteriorated. The film is not necessarily formed continuously, and the film covering not the whole area of plateau is also effective. Nevertheless, to decrease the friction resistance, the film preferably covers 60% or more of the plateau.

    Example 1



    [0055] Galvannealed layer was formed on each of cold-rolled steel sheets having 0.8 mm of thickness using an ordinary method, which plated steel sheets were then processed by temper-rolling. After that, a film was formed on the surface of zinc plating layer under the respective treatment conditions given in Table 1 to prepare the sample Nos. 1 to 22.

    [0056] With the treatment X in Table 1, a ZnO coating was formed by the reactive sputtering method.

    [0057] With the treatments Y, Z, and A to E, a liquid film was formed on the surface of each steel sheet by spraying and roll-squeezing an acidic solution onto the surface of the steel sheet. The acidic solution at temperatures from 25°C to 40°C contained a pH buffer composed of sodium acetate and sodium citrate at the respective quantities given in Table 1, further contained iron (II) sulfate by 2 g/liter or smaller Fe2+ concentration, and had the respective Fe2+ concentrations given in Table 1. The formed liquid film was allowed to standing for a period given in Table 1, and then was immediately washed by spraying water at 50°C, followed by drying using a drier to form the film containing Zn, Fe, and O. The quantity of liquid film was adjusted by varying the pressure of squeeze-rolls. The pH of acidic solution was adjusted by adding sulfuric acid.

    [0058] With thus prepared samples, average film thickness A, average film thickness B, and {[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe])} in the film were determined using the respective above-described methods. Using the method described below, the coefficient of friction as an index of press-formability was determined, and the bondability, then phosphatability, and the powdering resistance of the plating layer having the film were investigated.

    (1) Determination of coefficient of friction



    [0059] Figure 1 is a schematic drawing of the flat sliding test apparatus used in the examples.

    [0060] A comparative sample 11 for determining the coefficient of friction is fixed on a sample table 12 which is fixed on the upper face of a horizontally movable slide table 13. At the lower face of the slide table 13, there is located a vertically movable slide table support 15 equipped with a roller 14 contacting with the slide table 13. A first load cell 17 is attached to the slide table support 15. The first load cell determines the pressing load N applied from a bead 16 to the sample 11 by pushing-up the slide table support 15. A second load cell 18 is attached to an end of the slide table 13. The second load cell 18 determines the sliding resistance F by moving the slide table 13 in the horizontal direction in a state of pressing the bead 16 against the comparative sample 11. The tests were conducted by coating a lubricant oil on the surface of the comparative sample 11. The applied lubricant oil was PRETON R352L, a washing oil for press-work manufactured by Sugimura Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.

    [0061] Figure 2 and Fig. 3 show the shapes of applied beads.

    [0062] The bead 16 shown in Fig. 2 has the dimensions of 10 mm in width, 12 mm in the length in the sliding direction, 3 mm in the length in the sliding direction to which the sample is pressed, and 4.5 mm in the radius at each end in the sliding direction.

    [0063] The bead 16 shown in Fig. 3 has the dimensions of 10 mm in width, 69 mm in the length in the sliding direction, 60 mm in the length in the sliding direction to which the sample is pressed, and 4.5 mm in the radius at each end in the sliding direction.

    [0064] The sample slides under a condition that the flat part of the lower face of the bead 16 is pressed against the surface of the sample.

    [0065] The flat sliding tests were conducted under the two conditions given below, and the coefficient of friction µ=F/N between the sample and the bead was calculated.

    [0066] Condition 1: The bead shown in Fig. 2 ; 400 kgf of the pressing load N; and 100 cm/min of the sample sliding speed (the horizontal moving speed of the slide table 13).

    [0067] Condition 2 : The bead shown in Fig. 3 ; 400 kgf of the pressing load N; and 20 cm/min of the sample sliding speed.

    (2) Bondability test



    [0068] As illustrated in Fig. 4, two sheets of test pieces 21, each having 25 mm in width and 200 mm in length, were cut from each sample. An adhesive 23 was injected between the test pieces 21 via a spacer 22 having 0.12 mm in thickness, thus preparing an bondability test piece 24 which had a non-bonding portion at an end thereof. After baking the bondability test piece 24 at 150 °C for 10 minutes, the non-bonding portion was folded vertically to the bondability test piece as shown in Fig. 5. The folded portions were drawn by a tensile tester at a testing speed of 200 mm/min to conduct the peeling test. The applied adhesive 23 was an adhesive for hemming of vinyl chloride resin group.

    [0069] The peeling occurs at the weakest position in terms of strength. If the adhesion between the test piece and the adhesive is sufficient, the peeling occurs by cohesive failure inside the adhesive. If the adhesion therebetween is insufficient, the peeling occurs at the interface between the test piece and the adhesive. The bondability was evaluated by the peeling mode, giving "○" rank to the peeling caused by the cohesive failure inside the adhesive as "superior bondability", and giving "X" rank to the peeling occurred at interface between the test piece and the adhesive as "interior bondability". For the case of galvannealed steel sheet, particularly the case of forming Γ phase at the interface between the plating layer and the steel sheet gave weak strength at the interface between the plating layer and the steel sheet, thereby generating peeling at the interface in some cases. However, also that case was judged as "good bondability" between the sample piece and the adhesive, and gave the evaluation of "○" rank.

    (3) Phosphatability test



    [0070] Each sample was treated under an ordinary condition using a dip-type zinc phosphate treatment solution for automobile surface treatment for coating, (PBL3080, manufactured by Nihon Parkerizing Co., Ltd.), and then a zinc phosphate film was formed thereon. The crystal state of the zinc phosphate filmwas observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The film formed in uniform state was evaluated as "○", and the film formed in non-uniform state was evaluated as "X".

    (4) Powdering resistance test



    [0071] Figure 6 is a schematic drawing of the draw-bead tester used in the examples.

    [0072] First, the plating layer on a face of a square test piece cut from the sample face not contacting with the bead was peeled using hydrochloric acid, and the weight W1 g of the test piece was determined. Then, the test piece was attached to the tester given in Fig. 6. After pressing the triangle bead having 0.5 mm in tip radius against the test piece at 500 kgf load into 4 mm of penetration depth, the test piece was drawn out at a constant speed of 200 mm/min. For the drawn-out test piece, the contact face with the bead was forcefully peeled using an adhesive tape, then the weight W2 g was determined. By dividing the (W1 - W2) by the drawn-out area, the quantity of peeling per unit area was derived, and the powdering resistance was evaluated by the peeled quantities.

    [0073] The result is given in Table 2.

    [0074] For the Examples according to the present invention, where the film thickness A was 10 nm or larger and where the quantity ratio of Fe in the film, {[Fe]([Zn] + [Fe])}, was in a range from 0.002 to 0.15, the friction factor was lower than that for the cases of Comparative Examples 1 and 2, where no treatment was applied and no film was formed. The fact shows that Examples of the present invention have high lubrication.

    [0075] Examples 17 and 19 of the present invention having 10 nm or larger film thickness A and having 1. 5 or larger film thickness ratio B/A gave lower coefficient of friction than that of Comparative Example 6 having smaller than 1.5 of B/A, though having similar film thickness A. The fact shows that, even with a same degree of film thickness, large 8/A provides high lubrication. In particular, larger B/A provides lower coefficient of friction stably. It is also understood that the increase in the film thickness ratio B/A is attained by the reduction in the percentage of Fe in the film.

    [0076] Since the bondability, the phosphatability, and the powdering resistance of Examples of the present invention were similar with those of Comparative Examples 1 and 2 using ordinary galvannealed steel sheets, the results are not given in Table 2. There was identified, however, a tendency of somewhat decreasing the adhesion between the film and the surface of plating layer when the percentage of Fe decreases. That is, with the ratio of Fe at 0.002 or larger, all the bondability tests gave cohesive failure inside the adhesive, thus no practical problem arises. However, in Comparative Example 11 with the ratio of Fe smaller than 0.002, the bondability test gave mixed occurrence of interfacial peeling, though the coefficient of friction was relatively decreased, thus failing to attain good bondability. When considering that Comparative Examples 6 to 8 gave insufficient formation of zinc phosphate crystals during phosphatizatior, it is shown that Examples 17 to 22 of the present invention having a similar film thickness A with each other give excellent phosphatability owing to the refining the film or to the increase in void fraction in the film.

    [0077] Since the treatment solution applied was an acidic solution containing iron (II) sulfate, sulfur was detected by several percentages by weight in some cases. The presence of sulfur by that amount, however, did not affect the effect of the present invention.
    Table 1
    TreatmentpH buffer (g/liter)Fe2+ concentration (g/liter)Time for allowing to standing (sec)
    X - - -
    Y 0 60 7.5
    Z 40 20 7.5
    A 35 7 0.5 - 15
    B 16 0.3 2.8 - 7.5
    C 35 0.6 5
    D 30 1 9 - 30
    E 35 0 5
    Table 2
    Sample No.Treatment{[Fe]/([Zn] + [Fe])}Film thickness A (nm)Film thickness B (nm)Film thickness ratio B/AFriction factor µRemark
    Condition 1Condition 2
    1 - -   - - 0.179 0.250 Comparative example
    2 - - 6 - - 0.181 0.251 Comparative example
    3 X 0 5 6 1.2 0.178 - Comparative example
    4 X 0 10 11 1.1 0.172 - Comparative example
    5 X 0 23 28 1.2 0.163 - Comparative example
    6 X 0 35 42 1.2 0.153 - Comparative example
    7 X 0 49 64 1.3 0.141 - Comparative example
    8 X 0 99 121 1.2 0.141 - Comparative example
    9 Y 0.53 12 15 1.3 0.161 0.234 Comparative example
    10 Z 0.24 23 31 1.3 0.145 0.223 Example
    11 A 0.16 8 26 3.3 0.165 0.250 Comparative example
    12 A 0.22 27 47 1.7 0.133 0.202 Comparative example
    13 A 0.15 25 102 4.1 0.128 0.168 Example
    14 B 0.14 20 53 2.6 0.132 0.182 Example
    15 B 0.13 27 98 3.7 0.134 0.172 Example
    16 B 0.086 27 195 7.3 0.130 0.170 Example
    17 B 0.072 33 204 6.3 0.128 0.171 Example
    18 C 0.024 29 300 10.5 0.130 0.169 Example
    19 D 0.005 36 515 14.5 0.129 0.165 Example
    20 D 0.003 43 606 14.1 0.125 0.167 Example
    21 D 0.008 97 976 10.1 0.123 0.160 Example
    22 E < 0.002 22 58 2.6 0.143 0.200 Comparative example

    Example 2



    [0078] Galvannealed layer was formed on each of cold-rolled steel sheets having 0.8 mm of thickness using an ordinary method, which plated steels sheet were then processed by temper-rolling. After that, a film was formed on the surface of zinc plating layer using a film-forming apparatuses given in Fig. 7 under the respective treatment conditions given in Table 3 to prepare the sample Nos. 1 to 20.

    [0079] First, with an acidic solution tank 2 in Fig. 7, the steel sheet was dipped into an acidic solution at 50°C and pH 2.0 to form a liquid film on the surface of the steel sheet using squeeze rolls 3. The formed liquid film was washed in a washing tank 5 by spraying hot water at 50 °C against the steel sheet, and then the steel sheet was passed through a neutralization tank 6 without applying neutralization. The steel sheet was washed by spraying water at 50°C thereto in a washing tank 7, followed by drying in a drier 8, thus forming the film on the surface of plating layer. The quantity of liquid film was adjusted by varying the pressure of squeeze rolls 3.

    [0080] The acidic solution in an acidic solution tank 2 was an acidic solution which contained a pH buffer prepared by mixing 30 g/liter of disodium hydrogenphosphate and 20 g/liter of citric acid, adding a specific amount of iron (II) sulfate to add Fe ion thereto, and further adding sulfuric acid to adjust pH. For comparison, an acidic solution containing only iron (II) sulfate, not containing pH buffer, was used, (Sample Nos. 3 to 5).

    [0081] The period of allowing to standing before water-washing is the time between the adjustment of quantity of liquid film by the squeeze rolls 3 and the start of washing in the washing tank 5. The period thereof was adjusted by varying the line speed. For some of the samples, washing was applied immediately after adjustment of the quantity of liquid film using a shower-water-washing apparatus 4 at exit of the squeeze rolls 3.

    [0082] Other than the above samples, sample Nos. 15 to 17 were prepared, which samples were treated by: applying activation treatment by dipping the sample in an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide at pH 12 in an activation tank 1 before dipping the sample in the acidic solution ; and then spraying an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide at pH 10 in a neutralization tank 6 to neutralize the acidic solution remained on the surface of the steel sheet.

    [0083] For thus prepared samples, determination of the coefficient of friction, and evaluation of the bondability, the phosphatability, and the powdering resistance were given using similar methods with those applied in Example 1.

    [0084] After coating the rust preventive oil, the steel sheets were allowed to standing outdoors for about 6 months while preventing external influences such as those of dust, and the generation of spot-rusts was examined. The evaluation was given as "○" rank for no generation of spot-rusts, and as "X" rank for generation of spot-rusts.

    [0085] The result is given in Table 3.

    [0086] Sample Nos. 9 to 14 and Nos. 18 to 20, which were Examples of the present invention, having pH buffering effect and processed by the treatment of Fe ion-containing acidic solution provided low coefficient of friction and showed excellent bondability and phosphatability.

    [0087] Sample Nos. 15 to 17, which were Examples of the present invention, processed by alkali treatment in the activation tank prior to the acidic solution treatment showed lower coefficient of friction than that of the sample Nos. 12 to 14, which were treated by the same acidic solution and were allowed to standing for the same period prior to the water-washing. The sample Nos. 15 to 17 generated no spot-rusts owing to the alkali treatment in the neutralization tank after the acidic solution treatment, which samples are advantageous also for a long period of storage.

    [0088] Regarding the powdering resistance, the sample Nos. 9 to 17 which were treated by acidic solutions containing 5 g/liter or smaller Fe concentration showed a tendency of decreased quantity of peeling of plating in the draw-bead test, thus these samples provided excellent powdering resistance.

    [0089] On the other hand, the sample Nos. 1 and 2 of Comparative Examples which were not treated by acidic solution gave high coefficient of friction because they have no film to improve the sliding performance.

    [0090] The sample Nos. 3 to 5 of Comparative Examples which were treated by acidic solution containing no pH buffer gave higher coefficient of friction than that of the samples of Examples of the present invention, though giving lower coefficient of friction than that of the sample Nos. 1 and 2, thus the sample Nos. 3 to 5 are expected to insufficiently form the film.

    [0091] The sample Nos. 6 to 8 of Comparative Examples which were treated by acidic solution containing no Fe ion, though containing pH buffer, showed poor bondability or phosphatability, though providing low coefficient of friction.
    Table 3
    Sample No.Acidic solutionpH increase degreeQuantity of liquid film (g/m2)Time for allowing to standing (sec)Use of activation tankUse of neutralization tankFriction factorPowdering resistance (g/m2)BondabilityPhosphatabilityPresence/ absence of spot-rustsRemark
    pH bufferFe2) concentrationCondition 1Condition 2
    1 - - - - - - - 0.179 0.250 1.6 Comparative Example
    2 - - - - 0.181 0251 12 Comparative example
    3 - 5 g/liter 0.6 3.0 5.0 - - 0.156 0.217 1.6 × Comparative example
    4 3.0 10.0 - - 0.152 0.209 1.2 × Comparative example
    5 3.0 30.0 - - 0.150 0.210 1.7 × Comparative example
    6   - 7.5 3.0 5.0 - - 0.39 0.191 1.4 × × Comparative example
    7   3.0 10.0 - - 0.132 0.182 2.1 × × Comparative example
    8   3.0 30.0 - - 0.135 0.196 1.8 × × × Comparative example
    9   0.5 g/liler 7.6 3.0 5.0 - - 0.137 0.190 1.6 × Examples
    10   3.0 10.0 - - 0.137 0.187 1.0 × Example
    11   3.0 30.0 -   0.134 0.184 1.3 × Example
    12 Disodium 5 g/liter 8.0 3.0 5.0 - - 0.131 0.193 1.8 × Example
    13 hydrogenphosphate (30 g/liter) + Citric 3.0 10.0 - - 0.130 0.186 2.3 × Example
    14 acid (20 g/liter) 3.0 30.0 - - 0.129 0.179 0.8 × Example
    15   3.0 5.0 0.125 0.164 1.2 Example
    16   3.0 10.0 0.127 0.165 1.1 Example
    17   3.0 30.0 0.126 0.164 1.7 Example
    18   50 g/liler 8.3 3.0 5.0 - - 0.135 0.192 6.5 × Example
    19   3.0 10.0 - - 0.133 0.182 8.6 × Example
    20   3.0 30.0 - - 0.133 0.191 7.1 × Example

    Example 3



    [0092] Galvannealed layer was formed on each of cold-rolled steel sheets having 0. 8 mm of thickness using an ordinary method, which plated steels sheet were processed by temper-rolling. After that, a film was formed on the surface of zinc plating layer using a film-forming apparatuses having the structure given in Fig. 7 under the respective treatment conditions given in Table 4 to prepare the sample Nos. 1 to 26.

    [0093] First, with the acidic solution tank 2 in Fig. 7, the steel sheet was dipped into the acidic solution at 50°C and pH 2. 0 to form a liquid film on the surface of the steel sheet using the squeeze rolls 3. The formed liquid film was washed in the washing tank 5 by spraying hot water at 50°C against the steel sheet, and then the steel sheet was passed through the neutralization tank 6 without applying neutralization. The steel sheet was washed by spraying water at 50°C thereto in the washing tank 7, followed by drying in the drier 8, thus forming the film on the surface of plating layer. The quantity of liquid filmwas adjusted by varying the pressure of squeeze rolls 3.

    [0094] The acidic solution in the acidic solution tank 2 was an acidic solution which contained a pH buffer prepared by mixing 30 g/liter of disodium hydrogenphosphate and 20 g/liter of citric acid, adding a specific amount of iron (II) sulfate to add Fe ion thereto, and further adding sulfuric acid to adjust pH. For comparison, an acidic solution containing only iron (II) sulfate, not containing pH buffer, was used, (Sample Nos. 3 to 5). To identify the influence of Fe3+, an acidic solution containing Fe(III) sulfate was also applied to some of the samples, (sample Nos. 18 to 23).

    [0095] The period of allowing to standing before water-washing is the time between the adjustment of quantity of liquid film by the squeeze rolls 3 and the start of washing in the washing tank 5. The period thereof was adjusted by varying the line speed. For some of the samples, washing was applied immediately after adjustment of the quantity of liquid film using a shower-water-washing apparatus 4 at exit of the squeeze rolls 3.

    [0096] Other than the above samples, sample Nos. 15 to 17 were prepared, which samples were treated by: applying activation treatment by dipping the steel sheet in an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide at pH 12 in the activation tank 1 before dipping the steel sheet in the acidic solution; and then spraying an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide at pH 10 in the neutralization tank 6 to neutralize the acidic solution remained on the surface of the steel sheet.

    [0097] For thus prepared samples, determination of the coefficient of friction, and evaluation of the bondability, the phosphatability, the powdering resistance, and the generation of spot-rusts were given using similar methods with those applied in Example 1.

    [0098] The result is given in Table 4.

    [0099] Other than the sample Nos. 18 to 23 for investigating the influence of Fe3+, the samples gave results almost equal to those in Example 2.

    [0100] The sample Nos. 18 to 23, which were treated by acidic solution varying the Fe3+ concentration by adding iron (III) sulfate, gave low coefficient of friction and excellent bondability and phosphatability. Although the sample Nos. 18 to 20 having 2 g/liter or smaller Fe3+ concentration showed no bruise caused by sludge, the sample Nos. 21 to 23 having larger than 2 g/liter of Fe3+ concentration showed bruise.
    Table 4
    Sample No.Acidic solutionpH Increase degreeQuantity of liquid film (g/m2)Time for allowing to standing (sec)Use of activation tankUse of neutralization tankFriction factorPowdering resistance (g/m2)BondabilityPhosphatabilityPresence/absence of spot-rustsPresence/absence of bruiseRemark
    pH bufferFe2+ concentrationFe3+ concentrationCondition 1Condition 2
    1 -   - - - - - - 0.179 0.250 1.7 Comparative example
    2 - - - - 0.181 0.251 1.2 Comparative example
    3 - 5 g/liter 5 g/liter 0.6 3.0 5.0 - - 0.156 0.217 1.1 × Comparative example
    4 3.0 10.0 - - 0.152 0.209 1.1 × Comparative example
    5 3.0 30.0 - - 0.150 0.210 0.9 × Comparative example
    6   - - 7.5 3.0 5.0 - - 0.131 0.191 1.2 × × Comparative example
    7   3.0 10.0 - - 0.130 0.193 1.1 × × Comparative example
    8   3.0 30.0 - - 0.126 0.184 1.8 × × × Comparative example
    9   0.5 g/liter - 7.6 3.0 5.0 - - 0.134 0.195 1.6 × Example
    10   3.0 10.0 - - 0.130 0.191 1.3 × Example
    11   3.0 30.0 - - 0.135 0.195 1.3 × Example
    12   5 g/liter - 8.0 3.0 5.0 - - 0.131 0.179 1.2 × Example
    13   3.0 10.0 - - 0.138 0.192 1.2 × Example
    14 Disodium hydrogen- 3.0 30.0 - - 0.140 0.186 1.0 × Example
    15 phosphate 3.0 5.0 0.138 0.171 1.0 Example
    16 (30 g/lifer) + Citric 3.0 10.0 0.133 0.165 1.8 Example
    17 acid (20 3.0 30.0 0.130 0.164 1.3 Example
    18 g/liter) 1 g/liter 8.1 3.0 5.0 - - 0.140 0.198 2.5 × Example
    19   3.0 10.0 - - 0.138 0.199 2.3 × Example
    20   3.0 30.0 - - 0.133 0.195 2.6 × Example
    21   5 g/liter 8.1 3.0 5.0 - - 0.138 0.187 3.5 × × Example
    22   3.0 10.0 - - 0.133 0.182 3.9 × × Example
    23   3.0 30.0 - - 0.130 0.185 3.3 × × Example
    24   50 g/liter - 8.3 3.0 5.0 - - 0.139 0.191 8.2 × Example
    25   3.0 10.0 - - 0.135 0.190 7.2 × Example
    26   3.0 30.0 - - 0.131 0.193 8.5 × Example



    Claims

    1. A hot dip galvanized steel sheet comprising: a hot dip galvanizing layer having a flat part on a surface thereof; and a film formed on the flat part, which film being composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O,
    characterized in that
    the film has an average film thickness A in a range from 10 to 100 nm determined by an element analysis of the film, and that
    the film has a ratio of {[Fe] / ([Zn] + [Fe])} in a range from 0.002 to 0.15, were [Zn] and [Fe] designate the content (% by atom) of Zn and Fe, respectively.
     
    2. The hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in claim 1, wherein an average film thickness B determined by observing a cross section of the film in the thickness direction is in a range from 20 to 1000 nm, and the film thickness ratio B/A is 1.5 or larger.
     
    3. The hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in claim 1 or 2, wherein the compound containing Zn, Fe, and O is an oxide and/or a hydroxide.
     
    4. The hot dip galvanized steel sheet according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the hot dip galvanizing layer is processed by alloying treatment.
     
    5. A method for manufacturing hot dip galvanized steel sheet having a film formed on the surface, which film has a ratio of {[Fe] / ([Zn] + [Fe])} in a range from 0.002 to 0.15, where [Zn] and [Fe] designate the content (% by atom) of Zn and Fe, respectively, comprising the steps of:

    hot-dip-galvanizing a steel sheet;

    optionally heating the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to apply alloying treatment to the plating layer;

    temper-rolling the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to form a flat part on a surface of the galvanized plating layer;

    forming a film by contacting the temper-rolled hot dip galvanized steel sheet with an acidic solution containing Fe ion and having a pH in the range from 1 to 5, the film being composed of a compound containing Zn, Fe, and O on a surface of the plating layer, and standing the hot dip galvanized steel sheet for 1 to 30 seconds after contacting with the acidic solution, followed by washing thereof with water and subsequently drying thus finally forming the film,

    characterized in that

    the acidic solution contains 5 to 50 g/liter of a pH buffer of at least one of acetic acid salt, phthalic acid salt, citric acid salt, succinic acid salt, lactic acid salt, tartaric acid salt, boric acid salt, and phosphoric acid salt, and giving pH in a range from 1 to 5
    that the acidic solution contains an Fe ion concentration in a range from 0.1 to 10 g/liter


     
    6. The method of manufacturing hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in claim 5, wherein the hot dip galvanized steel sheet contacts with the acidic solution so as the quantity of acidic solution retained on the surface of the hot dip galvanized steel sheet to become not more than 3 g/m2.
     
    7. The method of manufacturing hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in claim 5 or 6, wherein the acidic solution contains Fe ion being composed of Fe3+ and Fe2+, and the concentration of Fe3+ is not more than 2 g/liter.
     
    8. The method of manufacturing hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in any of claims 5 to 7, wherein the acidic solution contains at least one of sulfuric acid salt of Fe, nitric acid salt of Fe, and chloride of Fe, and having an Fe ion concentration in a range from 0.1 to 10 g/liter.
     
    9. The method of manufacturing hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in any of claims 5 to 8 further comprising the step of contacting the hot dip galvanized steel sheet with an alkaline solution, prior to the step of contacting the hot dip galvanized steel sheet with the acidic solution, to activate the surface thereof.
     
    10. The method of manufacturing hot dip galvanized steel sheet as in any of claims 5 to 9 further comprising the step of contacting the hot dip galvanized steel sheet with an alkaline solution, after the step of contacting the hot dip galvanized steel sheet with the acidic solution, to neutralize the acidic solution remained on the surface thereof.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte, die umfasst: eine feuerverzinkte Schicht mit einem flachen Teil auf einer Oberfläche davon und einen auf dem flachen Teil ausgebildeten Film, wobei der Film aus einer Verbindung zusammengesetzt ist, die aus Zn, Fe und O besteht,
    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass
    der Film eine durchschnittliche Filmdicke A in einem Bereich von 10 bis 100 nm hat, die durch eine Elementanalyse des Films bestimmt wird, und dass
    der Film ein Verhältnis von {(Fe) / ([Zn] + [Fe])} in einem Bereich 0,002 bis 0,15 hat, wobei [Zn] und [Fe] den Gehalt (Atom-%) von Zn bzw. Fe kennzeichnen.
     
    2. Feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine durchschnittliche Filmdicke B, die bestimmt wird, indem ein Querschnitt des Films in der Dickenrichtung beobachtet wird, im Bereich von 20 bis 1000 nm liegt und das Filmdickenverhältnis B/A 1,5 oder größer ist.
     
    3. Feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Verbindung, die Zn, Fe und O enthält, ein Oxid und/oder ein Hydroxid ist.
     
    4. Feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, wobei die feuerverzinkte Schicht durch eine Legierungsbehandlung bearbeitet wird.
     
    5. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte mit einem auf
    der Oberfläche ausgebildeten Film, wobei der Film ein Verhältnis von {(Fe) / ([Zn] + [FE])} in einem Bereich 0,002 bis 0,15 hat, wobei [Zn] und [Fe] den Gehalt (Atom-%) von Zn bzw. Fe kennzeichnen, das die Schritte umfasst:

    Feuerverzinken einer Stahlplatte;

    optionales Erwärmen der feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte, um eine Legierungsbehandlung an der Plattierungsschicht anzuwenden;

    Nachwalzen der feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte, um einen flachen Teil auf einer Oberfläche der verzinkten Plattierungsschicht zu bilden;

    Ausbilden eines Films, indem die nachgewalzte feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte mit einer sauren Lösung in Kontakt gebracht wird, die Fe-Ionen enthält und einen pH-Wert im Bereich von 1 bis 5 hat, wobei der Film aus einer Verbindung zusammengesetzt ist, die Zn, Fe und O auf einer Oberfläche der Plattierungsschicht enthält,

    und Stehen der feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte für 1 bis 30 Sekunden, nachdem es mit der sauren Lösung in Kontakt gebracht wurde, gefolgt von dessen Waschen und anschließendem Trocknen, wobei damit schließlich der Film gebildet wird,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

    die saure Lösung 5 bis 50 g/Liter eines pH-Puffers aus wenigstens Essigsäuresalz, Phthalsäuresalz, Zitronensäuresalz, Bernsteinsäuresalz, Milchsäuresalz, Weinsäuresalz, Borsäuresalz oder Phosphorsäuresalz und einen gegebenen pH-Wert in einem Bereich von 1 bis 5 enthält, so dass die saure Lösung eine Fe-Ionenkonzentration in einem Bereich von 0,1 bis 10 g/Liter enthält.


     
    6. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte nach Anspruch 5, wobei die feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte mit der sauren Lösung so in Kontakt kommt, dass die Menge der auf der Oberfläche der feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte zurückbehaltenen sauren Lösung nicht mehr als 3 g/m2 wird.
     
    7. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte nach Anspruch 5 oder 6, wobei die saure Lösung Fe-Ionen enthält, die aus Fe3+ und Fe2+ bestehen und die Konzentration von Fe3+ nicht mehr als 2 g/Liter beträgt.
     
    8. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 7, wobei die saure Lösung wenigstens Schwefelsäuresalz von Fe, Salpetersäuresalz von Fe oder Chlorid von Fe enthält und eine Felonenkonzentration in einem Bereich von 0,1 bis 10 g/Liter hat.
     
    9. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 8, das des Weiteren den Schritt, die feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte mit einer alkalischen Lösung in Kontakt zu bringen, vor dem Schritt umfasst, die feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte mit der sauren Lösung in Kontakt zu bringen, um dessen Oberfläche zu aktivieren.
     
    10. Verfahren zur Herstellung einer feuerverzinkten Stahlplatte nach einem der Ansprüche 5 bis 9, das des Weiteren den Schritt, die feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte mit einer alkalischen Lösung in Kontakt zu bringen, nach dem Schritt umfasst, die feuerverzinkte Stahlplatte mit der sauren Lösung in Kontakt zu bringen, um die auf der Oberfläche verbliebene saure Lösung davon zu neutralisieren.
     


    Revendications

    1. Tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comprenant : une couche de galvanisation par immersion à chaud ayant une partie plane sur une surface de celle-ci ; et un film formé sur la partie plane, ledit film étant constitué d'un composé contenant Zn, Fe et O,
    caractérisée en ce que
    le film a une épaisseur moyenne de film A dans une fourchette de 10 à 100 nm déterminée par une analyse élémentaire du film, et en ce que le film a un rapport {[Fe] / ([Zn] + [Fe])} dans une fourchette de 0,002 à 0, 15, où [Zn] et [Fe] désignent respectivement la teneur (% atomique) en Zn et Fe.
     
    2. Tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans la revendication 1, dans laquelle une épaisseur moyenne B de film déterminée en examinant une section en coupe du film dans le sens de l'épaisseur est dans une fourchette de 20 à 1000 nm, et le rapport d'épaisseur de film B/A est supérieur ou égal à 1,5.
     
    3. Tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans la revendication 1 ou 2, dans laquelle le composé contenant Zn, Fe et O est un oxyde et/ou un hydroxyde.
     
    4. Tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle la couche de galvanisation par immersion à chaud est soumise à un traitement d'alliage.
     
    5. Procédé de fabrication d'une tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud ayant un film formé à la surface, lequel film a un rapport {[Fe] / ([Zn] + [Fe])} dans une fourchette de 0,002 à 0,15, où [Zn] et [Fe] désignent respectivement la teneur (% atomique) en Zn et Fe, comprenant les étapes consistant à :

    galvaniser une tôle d'acier par immersion à chaud ;

    éventuellement, chauffer la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud afin d'appliquer un traitement d'alliage à la couche de placage ;

    écrouir à froid la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud afin de former une partie plane sur une surface de la couche de placage galvanisée ;

    former un film en mettant en contact la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud écrouie à froid avec une solution acide contenant de l'ion Fe et ayant un pH dans la fourchette de 1 à 5, le film étant constitué d'un composé contenant Zn, Fe et O sur une surface de la couche de placage,

    et laisser reposer la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud pendant 1 à 30 secondes après la mise en contact avec la solution acide, et ensuite la laver avec de l'eau et ensuite la sécher, formant ainsi au final le film,

    caractérisé en ce que

    la solution acide contient 5 à 50 g/litre d'un tampon de pH de l'un au moins parmi un sel d'acide acétique, un sel d'acide phtalique, un sel d'acide citrique, un sel d'acide succinique, un sel d'acide lactique, un sel d'acide tartrique, un sel d'acide borique et un sel d'acide phosphorique, et donne un pH dans une fourchette de 1 à 5

    la solution acide contient une concentration en ion Fe dans une fourchette de 0,1 à 10 g/litre,


     
    6. Procédé de fabrication d'une tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans la revendication 5, dans lequel la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud est en contact avec la solution acide de telle sorte que la quantité de solution acide retenue sur la surface de la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud ne dépasse pas 3 g/m2.
     
    7. Procédé de fabrication d'une tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans la revendication 5 ou 6, dans lequel la solution acide contient de l'ion Fe qui est composé de Fe3+ et Fe2+, et la concentration en Fe3+ n'est pas supérieure à 2 g/litre.
     
    8. Procédé de fabrication d'une tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 7, dans lequel la solution acide contient l'un au moins parmi un sel de Fe d'acide sulfurique, un sel de Fe d'acide nitrique et un chlorure de Fe, et elle a une concentration en ion Fe dans une fourchette de 0,1 à 10 g/litre.
     
    9. Procédé de fabrication d'une tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans l'une quelconque des revendication 5 à 8 comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à mettre en contact la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud avec une solution alcaline, avant l'étape de mise en contact de la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud avec la solution acide, afin d'activer la surface de celle-ci.
     
    10. Procédé de fabrication d'une tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud comme dans l'une quelconque des revendications 5 à 9 comprenant en outre l'étape consistant à mettre en contact la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud avec une solution alcaline, après l'étape de mise en contact de la tôle d'acier galvanisée par immersion à chaud avec la solution acide, afin de neutraliser la solution acide restée sur la surface de celle-ci.
     




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