"New Advanced High Strength Steels by the Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) Process"
This EU-funded project aims at developing new advanced high strength steel grades by means of the “Quenching and Partitioning” (Q&P) process for application in the automotive sector with improved strength, ductility and strain hardening. Q&P opens the way to develop steel microstructures based on the exceptionally advantageous combination of austenitic and martensitic phases at the industrial scale. The industrial applicability of the Q&P process will be improved in terms of compositions, treatments and properties as galvanisability and weldability to develop a controlled and reproducible production process for these materials, and be prepared for future developments. NEWQP will provide significant progress in the automotive strategic industrial sector, which demands to lower fuel consumption and to increase safety have led the automotive industry to develop lighter steel components without any loss in properties.
IMDEA Materials Institute will study deformation and fracture behavior of the Q&P steels at the macro-, micro-, and nano-scales using state of the art techniques to gain a fundamental understanding of the microstructure-properties relationship in these materials for further improvement of their mechanical properties. IMDEA will also develop a theoretical Ginzburg-Landau model to describe the formation of mixed microstructure that is governed by interplay and competition between various microstructural transformations.
Partners: Two of the largest European steel producers – ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG (Germany) and Arcelor-Mittal (Belgium), Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic (Coordinator, Spain), Centro Sviluppo Materiali (Itlay), IMDEA Materials Institute (Spain), University of Gent (Belgium) and Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).
Funding Organisation: European Union, Research Fund for Coal and Steel
Sector Industrial: Automotive
Project Period: 2011 – 2014
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ilchat Sabirov