Introduction to Advanced High Strength Steel Applications and Manufacturing

Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) are now commonly used in automotive body structural applications. The high strength of this grade classification is attractive to help reduce mass in the automotive body through reduction in thickness. Strength also supports improvements in safety requirements so that mass increases are minimized. In some specific grades of AHSS, energy absorption is possible in addition to the high strength. This course will review the definition and properties of AHSS and cover several common applications in automotive body structures. In addition, key manufacturing areas including stamping and welding will be addressed to demonstrate the increased challenges as compared to lower strength steel grades. Troubleshooting of typical engineering and production problems will round out the seminar leaving attendees with tools to help design more robust engineering solutions to AHSS applications.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Define AHSS grades and describe general properties of AHSS
  • Identify potential applications for AHSS
  • Describe key manufacturing processing issues
  • Assimilate tools for trouble shooting part issues

Is This Course For You

This course is designed for Automotive Body Engineers, Die Engineers, Designers, Manufacturing Plant Personnel, New Hires in the Steel Industry, Supervisors, Planners, and others who would like to decrease vehicle weight through the use of AHSS.

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Day One
  • Background/Overview of AHSS
    • Definition
    • Types of AHSS
    • Typical chemistry and properties
    • Comparison to High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) Steels
    • Thermo-mechanical processing
    • Coatings
    • Material call-outs
    • Availability of grades/gauges/coatings/coil widths
  • Product Applications and Design Considerations
    • Typical automotive body and chassis applications
    • Crash performance advantages
    • Design for manufacturability

Day Two
  • Stamping Tooling
    • Formability
    • Springback
    • Effect of material variation
    • Press tonnage
    • Edge fracture
    • Lubrication
    • Die design standards
    • Die materials and surface treatments
    • Die maintenance
  • Die Try-Out
    • Proof tooling
    • Trouble shooting
    • Lessons learned
  • Hot Stamping Overview
  • Roll Forming
  • Welding / Joining
    • Other assembly considerations
  • Types of Welding
    • Key elements of resistance welding
    • Weld Quality Testing
    • Difference in RSW of AHSS versus Mild Steels
    • Other automotive assembly joining
  • Case Studies