China develops third generation of automotive steel

16:37, February 24, 2011      

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The China Iron and Steel Research Institute Group announced in Beijing on Feb. 21 that it took the lead in successfully developing the third generation of automotive steel and applied this technology into the industrial products trial stage.

According to the group, the newly-developed material is expected to be applied commercially in 2014 in China by some automakers, including Beijing Hyundai and FAW-Volkswagen, a major passenger sedan manufacturer jointly ventured by First Automobile Works Group Corporation of China and Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Volkswagen Automobile (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

As the largest auto producer in the world, China manufactured around 18.3 million cars in 2010, which has meant an increasing number of traffic accidents. According to data from the Traffic Management Bureau, there were 99,000 traffic accidents in the first six months of 2010, which killed 27,000 and caused 117,000 injured as well as 410 million yuan of direct property loss.

"After the application of the third generation of automotive steel, it is more likely for drivers to survive in the accident," said Weng Yuqing, an academician from the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

Weng said at present, basically all cars in the world were made of the first generation of automotive steel. The third generation steel possesses high strength and high ductility, which he said was two times better than the first generation in terms of tensile strength and extensibility.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online
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