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Thin sheet material for the automotive industry, produced with an excellent balance between strength level and formability and an additional bake hardening behaviour, is still gaining importance. One possible approach to meet this goal - particularly for the production via a hot-dip galvanizing line-is the use of partially stabilized ULC grades. Due to the very low alloy content in solid solution and thus the BH level, takes place in the ferritic range. In comparison to the austenitic range, few investigations have been carried out in the past for the ferritic range.

During this project such partially stabilized thin sheet material was produced on an industrial scale as well as via pilot lines and annealing simulators. Additionally, the hot-rolling step was simulated with compression tests. The microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated in detail on the samples. Particular attention was given to the characterization of the precipitates with TEM and the measurement of the carbon content in solid solution. Simultaneously thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of the precipitates was performed and the results were compared with the experimental results form the TEM investigations and the results from the internal friction measurements.

A thermodynamic and kinetic model was developed in the course of the project and the agreement between the results from experimental investigations-mainly from TEM and internal friction measurement-and modelling were acceptable in general. The experimental results show that the C content in solid solution and hence the BH behaviour are mainly determined by the chemistry; other processing parameters (coiling temperature, cooling rate etc) have a minimal influence.

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Authors: PICHLER A, VASL, Linz (AT);SPINDLER H, VASL, Linz (AT);VAN DURME C, CRM, Zwijnaarde (BE);DI NUNZIO P E, CSM, Rome (IT);SPIRADEK K, Austrian Research Centres Seibersdorf (AT);GEISLER S, Institut für Eisenhuttenkunde, RTWH Aachen (DE);BLECK W, Institut für Eisenhuttenkunde, RTWH Aachen (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19878 EN (2001), pp. 282. Euro: 42.00
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1472-3
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