Evaluation of AHSS concepts with a focus on the product properties and appropriate casting characteristics of Arvedi ESP thin slab casters

Christian Bernhard, Bernd Linzer, Peter Presoly, Irene Watzinger, Josef Watzinger

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The Arvedi ESP process and a variety of produced materials have been continuously developed since the opening of the Arvedi ESP plant in Cremona in 2009 to meet market demands for more sophisticated steel grades. The development of grades for more advanced applications such as advanced high strength steels and multiphase grades is of interest. Dual phase grades such as DP600 are already produced through an ESP line on an industrial scale; additional multi-phase grades such as TRIP are under development. High-strength steels for the automotive industry have especially high demands on material properties. In addition to the mechanical material properties, an excellent surface quality is required. The fundamental basis for such material properties on rolled coils needs to be provided from continuous casting. This paper deals with the classification of different – either Si- or Al-based – alloying concepts for TRIP steels with respect to their prospective behaviour in a thin slab caster. The investigated alloys are characterized by means of experiments, measurements, thermodynamics and phase transformation kinetics. The phase transformation sequence during solidification, the tendency towards internal and surface defect formation, the expected inclusion population and the presumed interaction with mould fluxes are considered. In addition to the selection of suitable alloying concepts, the process stability regarding high mass flow rate for good temperature guidance, consequent product homogeneity, minimum inclusion content and stable mould level for the highest surface quality are of outstanding importance. The high technical and economic potential of the Arvedi-ESP process to produce AHSS steel grades indicates significantly expanding production in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012071
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number012071
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes and
5th International Symposium on Cutting Edge of Computer Simulation of Solidification, Casting and Refining
- Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 17 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

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