A first feasibility study has been undertaken on the possible use of austempered ductile iron (ADI) for large section springs mainly those currently produced by hot forming processes. ADI has a lower modulus, higher specific energy storage capacity and is lighter than spring steel. Consequently it has potential to offer technical and commercial advantages to spring manufacturers. This potential requires extensive testing and development work before sufficient confidence will exist that this technology can be applied in the spring industry, as it already had been applied for automotive parts such as crankshafts.
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Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
B70 6NA West Bromwich
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