The Microcrystalline Structure and Performance Behavior of Multiphase Automotive Steels

Of Crystals and Crashes

by Tom Imerito

Since about four decades ago, when Nader’s Raiders, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Arab Oil Embargo converged on the automotive industry, vehicle engineers have been saddled with a set of enigmatic challenges that appear to fly in the face of the basic laws of physics: to build ever lighter vehicles that keep passengers increasingly safe during collisions.

Ron Krupitzer, Vice President, Automotive Applications at the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), commented on the formidability of the problem: “Quite frankly the challenges associated with building vehicles that are both crashworthy and low mass are daunting.   The automotive industry is calling on every materials industry to see how efficient we can be.” [Continue Reading…]