Press-Hardened Steels, and Beyond
One of the auto industry’s fastest-growing material applications is press-hardened steel for crash safety and lightweighting, says Gagan Tandon, director of product development for ArcelorMittal.
These ultra-high-strength steels are preheated and then hot-stamped, a technique that enables more intricate parts forming. ArcelorMittal is introducing next-generation press-hardened steels with even greater performance potential.
Tandon notes that the company has begun offering another innovative material, “generation 3” advanced high-strength steels that combine high strength and formability with traditional cold-stamping techniques.
The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.
Material selection is the key factor for making vehicles lighter. Here’s a quick look at the best options that also lend themselves to quick-turn, fully functional prototypes.
A look at the 7 Series Carbon Core.