Oak Ridge National Lab
Neutrons analyze advanced high-strength steels to improve vehicle safety and efficiency
The demand for lighter, stronger, and more durable materials for use in vehicles has never been higher. Companies are looking at new and advanced materials such as lightweight advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) to develop automotive components that help increase gas efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and save lives.
Researchers from the United States Steel Corporation (USS) recently used neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source to better understand the properties of hydroformed AHSS and how it responds to residual stress introduced during manufacturing.
“Because this is a new material containing retained austenite, we need to have a better understanding of its performance,” said Lu Huang, USS...