1989-02-01

Current Automotive Applications for GALFAN Coated Steel 890709

ABSTRACT

GALFAN, the new generation zinc-5% aluminum-mischmetal alloy coating for steel sheet, tube, and wire offers opportunities for greater fabrication flexibility and upgraded corrosion performance for automotive use. The formability of GALFAN, far in excess of any other hot dip coating, is its greatest advantage as a hot dip coating for steel. Based on laboratory tests and automotive component fabrication, the formability of GALFAN is equivalent to that of electrogalvanized steel. Corrosion resistance of GALFAN significantly exceeds that of conventional hot dip galvanized steel and electrogalvanized steel, including performance in automotive industry tests. The corrosion resistance of GALFAN has been characterized in numerous tests in many laboratories and at many outdoor exposure sites around the world. Automotive production applications for tubing, wire, and deep drawn and stamped components in the United States and Europe are based on the to meet the dual performance requirements of superior formability and superior corrosion resistance. Recent technological improvements have resulted in improved weldability that now meet automotive standards.

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