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Friday, 20 February 2015

Materials in Automotive Application, State of the Art and Prospects,Jan.2011, Free from Intechopen publications

Materials in Automotive Application, State of the Art and Prospects

by Elaheh Ghassemieh (2011). Materials in Automotive Application, State of the Art and Prospects, New Trends and Developments in Automotive Industry, Prof. Marcello Chiaberge (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-999-8, InTech

Thursday, 19 February 2015

METAL 2010 -Impressive List of free papers on: Steels & Steelmaking, Surface Eng. Non-Ferrous Metals & Alloys in English, from the Cech Republic's Symposium Metal 2010

This post, one of several to be done (TBD), was originally motivated by my search into manufacturing work on low density automotive sheet steel recently published in Nature. If readers wish to carry out their own reseach in this, or better, contribute to my approach, you will find the Nature publication, reference entitled "Brittle intermetallic compound makes ultrastrong low-density steel with large ductility" together with the abstract at the end of my post.

Now in the course of my search I unearthed quite an impressive librairy of freely available papers on Steelmaking,steel properties and metallurgy.

Please find a subject index and link to papers, in english, thanks to the Cech Republic's Symposium Metal 2010.

METAL 2010 - List of papers:  - List of papers by symposia


List of Symposium and Poster Sessions by Theme:







Publications without attendance

Workshop -

LINK to Metal 2010

Reference to Nature: 

Brittle intermetallic compound makes ultrastrong low-density steel with large ductility
Nature 2015, 10.1038/nature14144

Although steel has been the workhorse of the automotive industry since the 1920s, the share by weight of steel and iron in an average light vehicle is now gradually decreasing, from 68.1 per cent in 1995 to 60.1 per cent in 2011 (refs 1, 2). This has been driven by the low strength-to-weight ratio (specific strength) of iron and steel, and the desire to improve such mechanical properties with other materials. Recently, high-aluminium low-density steels have been actively studied as a means of increasing the specific strength of an alloy by reducing its density. But with increasing aluminium content a problem is encountered: brittle intermetallic compounds can form in the resulting alloys, leading to poor ductility. Here we show that an FeAl-type brittle but hard intermetallic compound (B2) can be effectively used as a strengthening second phase in high-aluminium low-density steel, while alleviating its harmful effect on ductility by controlling its morphology and dispersion. The specific tensile strength and ductility of the developed steel improve on those of the lightest and strongest metallic materials known, titanium alloys. We found that alloying of nickel catalyses the precipitation of nanometre-sized B2 particles in the face-centred cubic matrix of high-aluminium low-density steel during heat treatment of cold-rolled sheet steel. Our results demonstrate how intermetallic compounds can be harnessed in the alloy design of lightweight steels for structural applications and others., Hansoo K. et al

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Monday, 16 February 2015

Steel Basics

Steel Basics

The ever-expanding list of Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) is what makes steel ideal for the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s vehicles.  This section is for the detail people out there–students, metallurgists, engineers and materials people, who need to know more about these new steels.  Here you can find the definition of AHSS, details on the metallurgic make up some AHSS grades, example mechanical and chemical properties and an explanation of AHSS types. Follow the links to learn more.

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Science and Technology of Advanced Materials from The Institute of Physics, IOPScience collection

I hope readers will appreciate my links to the Institute of Physics Journal(s): Science and Technology of Advanced Materials one of  several impressive Journals on Materials Science, Physics, Modelling and more. IOPScience collection is a welcomed addition to our own Institute: IOM3-Maney Press publications

I have included the IOP journal's feed  in my RHS-right hand side scroll column. and look forward to the same from my home Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Such is the scope of available "materials" from our colleagues at IOP, I shall certainly add further direct links. In the meantime please go ahead and peruse these rich materials resources

IOP Science full collection of Journals


High Purity Cr sources for Superalloys

Energy for th Future:Phil.Trans.A-Vol. 365, N° 1853 / April 15, 2007, curtesy The Royal Soc. London

Engineered foams and porous materials: Phil Trans A. Vol 364, N° 1838 / 06 curtesy_The R Soc. Lond