On-going investment is increasing the capabilities of steel
NanoSteel’s R&D facility is equipped with highly specialized equipment and houses a world-class team of research scientists. NanoSteel’s research has resulted in the creation of progressive generations of nano-structured alloys from surface coatings to sheet steel, five R&D 100 Awards and an extensive intellectual property portfolio including more than 300 patents, licenses, and patents pending.
The heart of the NanoSteel R&D facility is the testing equipment, which is used to evaluate alloys for suitability as new automotive sheet steels and additive manufacturing powders.
Mechanical Property Evaluation
Tensile and bend properties are evaluated to compare NanoSteel alloys to existing steel grades and model the potential for part formability. These results are used to optimize chemistry and production parameters.
Tensile Testing: Tensile dogbone samples are pulled until failure. Strength and elongation are measured to compare the steel to existing grades
Bend Testing: Steel samples are bent with progressively smaller noses in a guided bend test to determine how tight the sample can bend during final part forming. Additional bending is conducted in a v-bend test to measure spring back after forming
The structure of the steel at the microscopic level is evaluated to gain insight into how the steel develops as it progresses though industrial processing, and how it will perform in a final part
SEM Analysis: At various process stages, microstructural features are evaluated by scanning electron microscopy
Optical Microscopy: Provides another look at the microstructure at potentially different length scales. Samples are imaged by bright/dark field, circular differential interference contrast, and polarized light techniques