Collaborative research and development continues to provide significant value towards advancing applications of steel in the automotive industry.
The Auto/Steel Partnership has been able to undertake some challenging projects and set a new benchmark for cross-industry collaboration.
Focus on benchmarking, developing and documenting proven solutions that balanced the interaction of material, manufacturing and performance.
With the more stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations, it is more important than ever to collaborate on advancing lightweight steel technologies.
The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) Hemming of Thin Gauge Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) project achieved a 30 percent weight savings with an with extremely tight breakline radii using thinner gauge AHSS for automotive closure panels.
The A/SP technology roadmap – updated annually and used for annual project planning – documents the current and future technical challenges for automotive steel applications. The roadmap captures technical areas of interest and need within the industry and is mapped against when the technology is needed for application (end date of the project area) and when the projects supporting the technical area need to begin to achieve the desired results at the appropriate time. In addition, the roadmap indicates which projects are best suited for pre-competitive collaboration within the A/SP and which project areas are better suited for other organizations such as research for universities, design for automakers or steel development.
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