SOURCE: Severstal North America

Severstal North America

October 03, 2013 10:47 ET

Severstal North America Achieves 42% Weight Reduction in Steel Vehicle Parts

Uses Latest Computer Engineering Technologies to Help Automakers Reduce Vehicle Mass

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwired - October 03, 2013) - Severstal North America (SNA), one of the largest steel producers in the U.S., is helping its automotive customers achieve lighter weight, stronger vehicles using the latest Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and new grades of high-strength and high-formability steel, all while keeping costs low.

"We have been working directly with design engineers at OEMs and reviewing upcoming platforms, and as a result, we have achieved impressive weight reductions of up to 42% while improving or maintaining overall performance," explains Jon Powers, Manager, Advanced Engineering and Product Applications.

Severstal engineers focus on the latest optimization techniques to meet customers' rigorous design goals, including 3G optimization (gauge, grade and geometry), topometry, topology and topography, all of which focus on placing the steel in exact locations with the strength and minimum thickness combinations necessary to meet system requirements and achieve the lightest weight steel design possible. For example, a recent 3G optimization effort resulted in an full-vehicle weight reduction of 7.3% while improving roof roll-over crash performance and maintaining other stiffness design targets.

Severstal's stamping engineering team conducts computer simulations in order to achieve successful tooling designs for stamping processes that address unique challenges found in the production of thinner, higher strength automotive parts from new advanced high strength steel grades. "As a result of these efforts, 20% mass reduction was achieved in select vehicle parts," explains Dr. Yu-Wei Wang, Manager, Stamping and Material Engineering.

Severstal is currently looking for additional body structure design engineers and stamping engineers. If you or someone you know is qualified, please visit http://www.severstalna.com to submit your application.

About Severstal North America:
Established in 2004, Severstal North America is one of the largest steel producers the United States, specializing in the full range of high quality light flat rolled products. Corporate headquarters and integrated operations are located in Dearborn, Mich. A state-of-the-art electric arc furnace operation in Columbus, Miss. serves the growing demand for steel in the southeastern United States. Over $3 billion in investments have modernized and expanded both facilities. Severstal also has several joint ventures specializing in value-added coated products and coke making. The company serves customers in more than 20 markets, including automotive, appliance, construction, container, pipe and tubing, distribution, converter and service centers. Severstal North America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OAO Severstal, one of the world's largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies. Visit our website at www.severstalna.com or follow us on Twitter @SeverstalNA.

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