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New sample and material cards give automakers a deeper understanding of advanced high strength steels

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ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D centre in Maizières-lès-Metz (France) has established a new service to provide automakers in Europe with samples of steel products for the automotive sector. The sample coupons give carmakers an initial feeling for the steel, and its coatings, and enable them to carry out their first physical testing of the product. ArcelorMittal can also provide carmakers with material cards which allow OEMs to virtually simulate steel’s behaviour. A new generation of material cards specifically designed for advanced high strength steels (AHSS) has just been launched. It contains additional data which can be used to predict the fracture behaviour of these steels during a crash simulation.

ArcelorMittal’s goal is to meet customer needs by being very agile to their demands explains David Cottens, director of Advanced Automotive Engineering for ArcelorMittal Global R&D: “The sample and material cards services help OEMs to speed up the process of approving new materials and coatings.”

Over 70 unique sample configurations available

With this new service, ArcelorMittal can offer customers around 70 unique sample configurations which combine different steels and coatings. Each coupon has a standard size (560 by 600 mm) and can be shipped direct to the customer within 48 hours of a request. Different laboratory processing or additional treatments can be performed on demand.

A controlled environment at ArcelorMittal’s Global R&D Centre in Maizières-lès-Metz is used to store the sample coupons

Sample coupons are supplied in a standard format within 48 hours of a request

Material cards for AHSS

“Material cards provide a huge amount of virtual information about the steel and its behaviour in a range of situations,” explains Yves Drouadaine, a research engineer in ArcelorMittal’s Steel Solutions Design team. “Customers can use this information in their own crash simulations to design safe structures with AHSS. It allows OEMs to significantly reduce the number of physical crash tests they must perform, leading to substantial cost and time savings.”

Requests for sample coupons, material cards, and prototype material can be made through the OEM’s customer team or resident engineer.

Material cards allow OEMs to identify and mitigate fracture risks in advanced high strength steels

David Cottens,
director of Advanced Automotive Engineering for ArcelorMittal Global R&D

Yves Drouadaine,
research engineer in ArcelorMittal’s Steel Solutions Design team

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