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Workshop on Addressing Key Technology Gaps in Implementing AHSS for Automotive Lightweighting



James R. Fekete, Jody Hall


Customer demand and regulatory requirements continue to drive automakers to develop vehicles with higher levels of fuel efficiency and structural performance. There is a well-established need for additional research into advanced high strength steels (AHSS) to overcome technology gaps that are inhibiting the lightweighting potential of AHSS. In order to articulate the research directions needed, a workshop was conducted on February 9-10, 2012 in Southfield, Michigan on the topic of “Addressing Key Technology Gaps in Implementing AHSS for Automotive Lightweighting”. The workshop brought together top engineers and scientists from automotive OEMs, steel companies, Tier 1 suppliers, government agencies and academia. The format included keynote presentations from industry and government leaders and state-of-the-art presentations from technical experts on the six technical areas deemed most important for this workshop. After the presentations, breakout sessions were conducted where technical requirements and gaps, as well as research needs for the six areas, were discussed, identified and prioritized. This report contains the results of the breakout sessions and presents prioritized lists of research topics that the attendees selected as most important.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


advanced high strength steel, automotive, vehicle lightweighting


Fekete, J. and Hall, J. (2012), Workshop on Addressing Key Technology Gaps in Implementing AHSS for Automotive Lightweighting, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017