"Optimization of quenched and partitioned steels designed for industrial applications"
Funding: European Union, Research Fund for Coal and Steel (Grant Agreement 709755)
Partners: IMDEA Materials Institute (project coordinator), Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Universiteit Gent, Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Technische Universiteit Delft and TATA steel Nederland Technology
Project period: 2016 – 2019
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ilchat Sabirov (ilchat.sabirov(AT)imdea.org)
Despite significant research on microstructure, strength, ductility and strain hardening of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) processed via Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) in the current literature, their application related performance has not yet been studied. The OptiQPAP project focuses on the intelligent microstructural design in the high strength Q&P steels for simultaneous improvement of various performance and mechanical properties, which are required for their commercialization. Special attention will be paid to fatigue and fracture behaviour, wear resistance, weldability, ductile-brittle transition temperature, high strain rate behavior and energy absorption, along with the formability and bendability of Q&P steels.
IMDEA Materials coordinates the OptiQPAP project. The main duties of IMDEA Materials under the project will be the analysis of microstructure, fatigue and wear mechanisms, the determination of tensile properties, the study of impact behaviour and the investigation of the low cycle fatigue behavior of steels. Properties of individual phases will be also analysed.