NanoSteel’s first consignment of advanced high strength steel (AHSS) has been delivered to the US automotive giant General Motors for initial testing.

According to the nanostructured steel materials manufacturer, the product delivered is ‘designed to provide automakers with a new standard in material performance’ and is poised to ‘accelerate vehicle lightweighting initiatives focused on affordably meeting rising global fuel economy regulations’.

The new product has been developed in conjunction with AK Steel Corporation and is claimed to overcome an historical trade-off between strength and formability. In fact, NanoSteel claims that the product offers both properties as it boasts approximately 1,200 MPa tensile strength and 50% elongation.

The high-strength element of the product enables those using the product to create parts utilising thinner (and lighter) materials while high elongation means that newly designed parts can be produced without the need for expensive processing techniques, employee training or additional capital costs. It also gives designers the freedom to create novel part shapes, thus further reducing weight.

David Paratore, NanoSteel’s CEO and president, commented: “Many advanced materials with outstanding properties end up abandoned because they are too hard to use or too expensive to make.” He added that NanoSteel’s AHSS was both easy to produce and easy to use, enabling stamping and forming of new parts at room temperature without additional manufacturing infrastructure or investment.

AK Steel’s CEO Roger Newport was pleased to partner with NanoSteel to develop the new product. “As the first steel producer to manufacture this unique product using traditional slab casting, we are proud to add this accomplishment to our long and successful track record of innovation,” he said.