Development of New Martensitic Stainless Steels for Automotive Lightweight Structural Applications


This project aims to generate a new class of affordable martensitic stainless steels for the automotive sector. In detail, there are two main objectives. First, to develop new martensitic stainless steel grades containing retained austenite, using a combination of novel heat treatments (quenching and partitioning -QP) and steel chemistry optimisation, to give unique combinations of strength and ductility, suitable for lightweight automotive applications. The second main objective is to facilitate the industrial implementation (manufacture and use) of these new grades. 



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