Impact Dependent Properties of Advanced and Ultra High Strength Steels
The automotive industry is pursuing significant cost competitive efforts to reduce vehicle weight while maintaining or improving durability and impact performance. One such effort for the body shell structure is the utilization of advanced and ultra high strength steels (AHSS and UHSS) using the existing automotive manufacturing infrastructure. Common AHSS and UHSS steels include Dual Phase (DP), Transformation Induced Plasticity (TRIP), Partial Martensitic (PM) and others. The use of these multiphase high strength steels for impact dependent components has resulted in the need for further material characterization in order to better predict impact performance and guide new material development. This paper addresses the material properties and microstructural influences on impact behavior of advanced and ultra high strength steels through the use of laboratory tests and component level testing.