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Forming of advanced high strength steels

The international steel industry has seized the opportunity to create new families of alloys with higher strengths and greater formability. Concurrently a need by the automotive industry to improve vehicular efficiency by producing light/high strength components- thus a need to form these.

Industry Needs -The international steel industry has seized the opportunity to create new families of alloys with higher strength and greater formability. -Requirement to meet higher requirements for vehicular fuel efficiency. -Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) grades such as Dual Phase (DP) are produced with chemistries and rolling practices that are optimized to produce the above requirements. -AHSS’s higher strength and additional structural benefits allow for thinner gauges. Tubemill Challenges -The use of thinner gauges in current tube forming process can lead to wrinkling in the steel, and thus premature failure in the component. -AHSS’s higher strength, means that more energy is required to form. -Springback control is more challenging with AHSS grades. Objectives -Find a technology that can be capable to commercially produce tubes that have a combination of high strength, and are light weight (lighter gauge). -Technology must be able to hold tight automotive tube specifications for weld seam integrity, outer diameter, straightness and flash control. Proposed project -Find a technology that can be capable to commercially produce tubes that have a combination of high strength, and are light weight (lighter gauge). -Technology must be able to hold tight automotive tube specifications for weld seam integrity, outer diameter, straightness and flash control.
Acronym: 
HSS TUBE FORMING
Project ID: 
10 358
Start date: 
01-12-2015
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
540 000.00€
Technological Area: 
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT
Market Area: 
Industrial Equipment and Machinery

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