The Spanish Association of Companies Producing Steel and Primary Steel Processing Products (UNESID) organised the face-to-face ToughSteel industrial workshop “No More Cracking: The Potential of Fracture Toughness for the Development and Application of High-Performance Steels” with stakeholders from the steelmaking sector from Sevilla (Spain) on May 10th, 2023.
The workshop aimed at presenting new quality criteria based on fracture toughness to optimise the development of sheet steel products, in addition to the steps taken for the standardisation of a new, more efficient test for measuring this property based on the Essential Work of Fracture (EWF) methodology.
Santiago Oliver, Sustainability, Energy, and Innovation Director from UNESID, started off by introducing the attendees to the event. The workshop continued with two presentations by David Frómeta, coordinator of the ToughSteel project and head of mechanical behaviour line at Eurecat’s Metallic and Ceramic Materials Unit. Firstly, he introduced the ToughSteel project, and then he presented a method to optimise the development of sheet steel products through new quality criteria based on fracture toughness.
Javier López-Quiles, Project Manager from the Spanish Association for Standardisation (UNE), continued by presenting the standardisation documents related to new methodologies to predict the behaviour of materials and components during forming and in service.
The event included a round table where representatives from companies from the steel sector discussed the future challenges of the development and application of high-performance steels. In particular, the debate was participated by Mª Angélica Mayorca, Corporate Director of Engineering and Innovation from Thielmann, and Juan Francisco Almagro, R+D Coordinator from Acerinox.