ToughSteel project was disseminated during the final workshop “New Experimental and Modelling Approaches to Predict and Avoid Edge-cracking in the Automotive Industry” organized by the CuttingEdge 4.0 on the 1st of December, 2022. The event took place in a hybrid mode, in-person at PWO Czech Republic facilities and online.
The aim of the workshop was to show some of the main results of CuttingEdge 4.0 project and the new experimental and modelling approaches developed to predict and avoid edge-cracking in the automotive industry. A presentation on ToughSteel activities was included in the agenda as part of the establishment of synergies between the two projects and the relevance of fracture toughness analysis for the prediction and understanding of edge-cracking.
The presentation was delivered by David Frómeta, Head of the mechanical behaviour research line at Eurecat, focusing on the importance of measuring fracture toughness in AHSS. During his presentation he explained the Essential Work of Fracture (EWF) methodology and presented the ToughSteel project database and the user guidelines as main project results, in addition to the ongoing project activities.
The workshop was attended by over 70 to professionals in the automotive industry and researchers willing to know more about novel tools and methodologies to predict edge-cracking in the early part design stages and assure part quality during forming.