Experimental rolling trials were performed at different temperatures on EN 1.4462 duplex
steel imposing also different reduction ratios and a possible solution quenching. A clear
and significant relation between the applied thermo-mechanical process and the
microstructural evolution was shown, and it is useful for designing the steel
microstructure. The mechanical properties, the micro-structural features and the texture
characteristics were defined for each condition in order to point out the operative
parameters (i.e. thermal level, imposed strains and application of solution quenching)
that permit to maximize the formability of the final hot-rolled products.