Within the framework of the Open Call of the ToughSteel project, five European companies within the metal industry were selected as beneficiaries to receive complimentary services for characterizing metals’ fracture properties. The primary goal was to predict and prevent production losses, addressing challenges related to formability and part quality assessment.
Open Call beneficiaries included Benteler Automotive Vigo (Spain), MW Italia srl, Marcegaglia Ravenna (Italy), SSAB (Sweden), and Forvia Faurecia (France). These companies served as case studies for the ToughSteel project, showcasing how an analysis of fracture toughness can significantly improve fracture prediction during early design stages and forecast part performance.
Moreover, it empowered them to predict and manage in-service crack-related problems that conventional ductility criteria could not adequately address, as well as helped assess coil quality and make better material selections for specific components.
The selected companies received state-of-the-art fracture toughness testing services based on the Essential Work of Fracture (EWF) methodology. This approach proved highly effective in addressing cracking issues, such as edge-cracking in cold forming or crack formation during crash loading. The utilization of this approach marked significant advancements in the field of metal characterization and its practical application to industrial challenges.