Why Formability, Crashworthiness, and Fatigue are Critical in Auto Design

Why Formability, Crashworthiness, and Durability are Critical in Auto Design

The average car contains more than 30,000 parts, many of them steel. However, each piece requires different types of steel in order to maximize performance, efficiency, and safety for consumers. Since the early 20th century, car manufacturers have realized the importance of using specific steel for specific purposes. Henry Souther of the New York Times reported in 1909, “The secret of the use of steel is to put the right steel in the right place.” Until fairly recently, automotive steel mostly consisted of weaker mild steels that were affordable and easy to form into parts, but innovations in advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) have given automakers more options when designing vehicles. Today’s automakers and parts manufacturers must consider several properties of...

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Taking a Life Cycle Approach to Automotive Environmental Policy

To reduce CO2 emissions, automakers have been working toward lightweight solutions that help build more fuel-efficient cars. However, the production emissions of some light weighting materials are so high they offset any benefits gained. POSCO GIGA STEEL was developed to provide automakers with a high strength, lightweight material solution that also produces significantly less production emissions and is completely recyclable. Take a look at our infographic to find out more about POSCO GIGA STEEL and the benefits it offers for automakers looking for lightweight, sustainable steel solutions.   In this contribution article, Dr. Roland Geyer, associate professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara, explores why we need to move beyond fuel...

5 Top Trends in Car Safety

Top 5 Trends in Car Safety

Car safety has evolved tremendously over the last several decades. While it is hard to remember a car that did not come with seatbelts, airbags, and antilock brakes, those features only became standard-issue within the last few decades. Today, automakers are pushing innovations in safety even further. By upgrading existing safety technologies and introducing new ones, cars are safer than they have ever been.   Below we take a look at five of the most exciting advancements in car safety. From new technologies that help drivers steer the car to stronger frames that protect passengers, see how the auto industry is working to keep passengers safe. Lane Departure Warning Blind spot warning systems use sensors to alert drivers when another...

POSCO Honors 2017 Steel Safety Day

POSCO Honors 2017 Steel Safety Day

The safety and health of employees always come first at POSCO. We are proud to be participating in The World Steel Association’s 4th Annual Steel Safety Day on April 28, 2017. Established in 2014, Steel Safety Day works to reinforce awareness of the five most common causes of safety incidents: moving machinery, working from heights, falling objects, on-site traffic, and process safety incidents. Each year the annual event highlights one of the five main causes of accidents in the steel industry to create a safer working environment. This year, special attention will be given to falling objects and ways to prevent associated risks as below:   Cranes: Never allow people to be below a suspended load at any time and...

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Automakers Look to Steel for Lower CO2 Emissions

Twenty years ago, Toyota debuted the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, but today almost every major car manufacturer has a hybrid or electric car on the production line. Just last week, Tesla surpassed Ford and GM to become the most valuable car maker in the US, signaling to the auto industry that investors are serious about banking on the future of electric vehicles. Several factors are contributing to the growing interest in electric vehicles. Stricter CO2 emission standards are changing the way cars are being made, and consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious at the same time. To produce more fuel efficient vehicles, car makers are looking to advanced materials in lightweighting that can help make vehicles more eco-friendly while being...

3 Trends that Will Forever Change the Automotive Industry

3 Trends that Will Forever Change the Automotive Industry

For the last 100 years, the automotive industry has advanced in a fairly linear fashion. Each decade consumers saw incremental changes in speed, size, and safety. However, the last 15 years have seen cars that are connected, autonomous, shared, and electric. These recent trends represent a turning point for an industry that is being forced to recognize the quickly changing habits of its consumers as well as the increasingly strict safety and fuel efficiency regulations. In order to adapt, the automotive industry is learning to make cars differently. Underpinning all of these advancements is a need for stronger, lighter, and more durable materials. Below we take a closer look at three trends that are fundamentally changing the way consumers think...

See the New Materials Used to Make Cars Lighter, Stronger, Eco-Friendly

Auto Industry Finds Steel Solution for Lightweighting

With increasingly strict car emissions & safety standards, car makers have been looking for new ways to make cars lighter, stronger, and more eco-friendly. In doing so, they have begun experimenting with new materials to manufacture their cars. Aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber all offer certain benefits to car makers and owners; however, they also present new barriers in the form of price, supply, and production emissions. Since the inception of the auto industry, steel has been used to manufacture cars because it is strong, manufacturable, and durable. Also, because roughly 55-60% of a car’s weight comes from steel, it is an obvious place to make lightweighting a priority, which is exactly what has happened. Recent innovations in steel production...

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The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: Connecting Financial and Manufacturing Hubs

China’s Pearl River Delta region is one of the most economically powerful areas on the globe. The region has a population of more than 22 million people, and it has been one of the main drivers of China’s economic explosion since reforms were introduced in 1979. Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial centers and houses the world’s 6th busiest port. Macau is home to world’s most well-known casinos, shops, and restaurants. Despite a population of a little more than 500,000, Macau welcomes more than 30 million visitors annually. On the mainland side sit Zhuhai and Shenzhen, two of the fastest growing cities in the world that represent one of the world’s largest and most important manufacturing bases....

What You Need to Know About Your Stainless Steel Wristwatch

What You Need to Know About Your Stainless Steel Wristwatch

Did you know that different types of stainless steel greatly determine the quality of wristwatches? In fact, many luxury watch brands like Rolex and Audemars Piguet put great emphasis on utilizing specific types of stainless steel to make top-quality wristwatches. Under the theme of ‘Breaking Barriers,’ this month The Steel Wire invited Chanyong Park, an editor from Esquire Korea, to look at some of the world’s most well-known watchmakers and why they utilize certain types of stainless steel. Below is his take on different types of stainless steel that have been used to make some of the most iconic wristwatches.     Stainless Steel in Wristwatches In general, wristwatches are made of stainless steel. Although other types of materials, such...

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The Future of Transportation Will Transform the Way We Travel

The way we move ourselves and products is changing. Transportation is becoming automated, connected, and much, much faster as the wild, unthinkable ideas of science fiction novels are becoming real. Multiple industries are coming together, led by some of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. This will reshape the way we move goods and people and their influence will be needed as they face multiple barriers. Take a look at three of the ways transportation is restructuring itself for faster, more sustainable travel. Some are closer to realization than others, but all of them are changing the way we think about movement. When realized, all of these ideas will have an impact far beyond what we can see now....

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