New Guidelines Support Use of the Latest, Lightest Steel Technologies

    New Guidelines Support Use of the Latest, Lightest Steel Technologies

Advanced High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines Version 5.0 combines
metallurgy, forming and joining experiences from around the world

PR Newswire

LIVONIA, Mich., May 16, 2014

LIVONIA, Mich., May 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --At the Great Designs in Steel
automotive conference, WorldAutoSteel announced the launch of the Advanced
High-Strength Steels Application Guidelines (AHSS Guidelines) Version 5.0, the
largest and most comprehensive update since its first publication in 2004.

WorldAutoSteel offers the AHSS Guidelines free of charge at
to aid automakers and manufacturers in applying the latest in lightweighting
with steel.

"These guidelines are the leading AHSS information resource for engineers and
press shop personnel," said Ronald Krupitzer, vice president, automotive
market for the Steel Market Development Institute, a business unit of the
American Iron and Steel Institute. "It represents the steel industry's strong
commitment not only to produce new generation steels, but to assist automakers
in actively applying them."

Previous versions covered metallurgy, forming and joining. Version 5.0
includes new content highlighting the broader materials portfolio, advanced
fabrication technologies and optimized joining processes.

Applications of the latest steels will proliferate during the next 10 years as
auto manufacturers seek to achieve improved safety and fuel economy
requirements for their customers. Current vehicles have not nearly exhausted
the breadth of AHSS grades available that can achieve lightweighting targets
at less cost and five to 20 times less production emissions than alternative
materials. This rapid increase in demand requires users of AHSS to quickly
learn the basics about AHSS and acquire specific application knowledge. AHSS
Guidelines Version 5.0 gathers that knowledge and experience in two volumes.
Volume I includes metallurgy, forming and joining. Volume II includes over 200
pages of case studies, which demonstrate actual manufacturing practices.

Following the series of UltraLight Programs* developed over a decade ago,
which influenced the growth of high-strength steel and AHSS vehicle
applications around the globe, WorldAutoSteel formed an expert group from
global steel companies to create the first AHSS Guidelines. The publication
explains how and why AHSS are different from traditional higher-strength
steels in terms of formability, fabrication and joining. Over the last decade,
the size of each revised guidelines document increased as more knowledge was
accumulated. The last document (Version 4.1) was published in June 2009.

During the last five years, additional research and press shop experiences
have resulted in an even greater understanding of these unique steels. AHSS
Guidelines Version 5.0 was created to capture this additional knowledge, as
well as lessons learned from the FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) program. This update
doubles the content of the previous volume, with a vast amount of new hands-on
experience from the design and manufacturing of AHSS vehicle applications.

Technical editors for AHSS Guidelines Version 5.0 are Stuart Keeler, Sc.D.a
globally respected expert in metallurgy, who has served in this role since the
first publication, and Menachem Kimchi, M.Sc.welding engineering, who
contributed a wealth of joining information to Version 5.0.

AHSS Guidelines Version 5.0 and its accompanying case studies can be
downloaded for free in PDF format at A printed, spiral
bound two-volume set will soon be available for order.

* UltraLight Programs include UltraLight Steel Auto Body 1998, UltraLight
Steel Auto Closures 2001, UltraLight Steel Auto Suspensions 2001 and
UltraLight Steel Auto Body Advanced Vehicle Concepts 2002. FSV, the latest in
the series of lightweight steel demonstrations, was completed in 2011. Learn
more about these lightweighting programs at

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public
policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the
preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development
and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of
22 members, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and
approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the
steel industry. AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both
U.S. and North American steel capacity.

SMDI grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote
cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container
markets, as well as for new growth opportunities in emerging steel markets.
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at SMDI automotive investors include: AK Steel
Corporation,  ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation,
Severstal North America and United States Steel Corporation.

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SOURCE Steel Market Development Institute

Contact: Deanna Lorincz, 248.945.4763,; Jennifer
Greenfelder, 248.945.4767,
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