New sample and material cards give automakers a deeper understanding of advanced high strength steelsScroll down to read article
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.”
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 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