ToughSteel Event

Academic workshop – The Essential Work of Fracture method in 2022 – An essential method for sheet metal technologies

ToughSteel is a European project funded under the frame of the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) programme. The main aim of ToughSteel is the dissemination and valorisation of fracture toughness as a material property to rationalise crack-related problems in Advanced High Strength Steels.

In this academic workshop, we aim at presenting the latest advances made by the academic community on the understanding of, i.e., the link between the microstructure or sheet thickness and the Essential Work of Fracture (EWF). The workshop also covers examples of applications where the EWF is used and presents how modellisation can help to improve the understanding of the physical mechanisms affecting the EWF.

21st October 2022

9.00h – 14.00h CEST

HYBRID (via Teams)

UCLouvain, Euler Building, room A.002 (ground floor)

Avenue Georges Lemaitre 4,
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


Moderator:  Pierre Bollen, Senior Researcher, UCLouvain

9:30 – 10:30 – Analysis of the sensitivity of IF steel to localization of plasticity using the EWF methodology

Eva Schmidova, Professor, University of Pardubice

10:30 – 11:30 – The essential work of fracture as a guide towards higher performance steels

Thomas Pardoen, Professor, UCLouvain

11:30 – 12:30 – From the micro-mechanics to large-scale ductile plate tearing: an engineering modeling approach

Kim Nielsen, Associate Professor, TU Denmark

12:30 – 13:00 – Final Questions & Answers and Closing

Thomas Pardoen, Professor, UCLouvain

13:00 – 14:00 – Closing lunch