The steel industry has continually invested in new technologies for future generation steels that enable car companies to reduce mass, improve fuel economy, reduce total emissions and continue to provide affordable safe vehicles for the American public for years to come.
Steel remains the preferred material and will continue to outperform competing materials due to its versatility and strength.
No other event in the world brings together the automotive and steel industries in one place like Great Designs in Steel. The event offers automakers and suppliers first hand insight into what’s ahead for advanced steel technologies.
Advanced high-strength steels are the lightweight automotive material that best addresses society’s need for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, without compromising safety, performance or affordability.
The Bar Fatigue Blog will create new opportunities for interactive collaboration with fatigue and industry experts.
The story of steel starts in the stars with the iron atom, the catalyst to life starting afresh. The possibilities of combining iron with other elements and arranging them in novel ways are unparalleled and vast, which is why and how steel keeps reinventing itself. Iron's journey has been long, and it is still not over - there are so many ways we can keep exploring the possibilities of how it has shaped - and may save - our planet and civilization. So next time you get into your car, remember to thank your stars for steel.
Over the past decade, advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have become the fastest growing material for vehicle use. AHSS are stronger, lighter, and have low emissions, helping automakers decrease a vehicle's life-long carbon footprint. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach takes a vehicle's entire environmental impact into account by looking at greenhouse gas emissions from each phase of its life. LCA shows that steel, which currently makes up about 60 percent of the average North American vehicle, generates fewer emissions than other automotive body materials. Over a vehicle's lifecycle, steel is the highest value and most environmentally effective choice for automakers.
5/17/2013 - Heenan was president of the Steel Recycling Institute and retired in 2010 after nearly 40 years of service in the steel industry.
5/2/2013 - Recent research proves that AHSS body structures can be as lightweight as aluminum bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards.
5/1/2013 - SMDI's Bumper Group releases the 5th edition of the "Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks" product manual.
5/1/2013 - SMDI and WorldAutoSteel unveiled a new tool at GDIS that allows vehicle designers to evaluate material selection tradeoffs such as mass, cost and greenhouse gas emissions.
5/1/2013 - The Ford team was recognized today for its innovative use of advanced high-strength steel throughout the 2013 Ford Fusion's body structure and closures.
SMDI's Bar Machinability Database and Estimator compares various steel grades and their properties to assist automakers in their materials application decisions.
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