A New Dual Phase Steel for Automotive Body Panels 2003-01-0518
In an effort to optimize outer body panel steel utilization with respect to dent resistance performance and weight reduction, the automotive industry continues to investigate the application of higher strength steels. Most recently, dual phase steel has been recognized as a very promising material substrate for outer body panel application, due to its inherent formability and final part performance attributes. This paper presents a comprehensive study of Ispat Inland's new electrogalvanized dual phase “DI-FORM 500” product, which was specifically designed to meet automotive exposed quality standards. It reviews the mechanical properties, aging characteristics, formability, dent resistance, weldability and fatigue strength of this product, along with a representation of its application advantages to the automotive industry, in terms of part performance, weight savings and cost avoidance.