Media ReportNovember 6, 2012
Materials advancements at Wayne State may lead to new, lifesaving steel
A group of researchers in Wayne State University’s College of Engineering has been working to create advanced materials with high-yield strength, fracture toughness and ductility. Their efforts have led to the development of a new material consisting of bainitic steels and austempered ductile iron that has all these characteristics, ultimately resisting fatigue that can cause fractures in materials often with catastrophic consequences. The group, led by Susil Putatunda, professor of chemical engineering and materials science in WSU’s College of Engineering, has focused on developing novel materials using a unique processing technique. According to Putatunda, this third generation advanced high strength steel has a number of advantages over the currently available steels currently being used in industry today. “Our steel has twice the yield strength, has a very high tensile strength, and is close to three times the fracture toughness over advanced steels currently on the market,” said Putatunda.
- CBS Detroit, Automotive Industries