Under certain conditions, such inclusions can also serve as nucleation sites for specified microstructures and can thus targetedly enhance mechanical properties. The new laboratory is designed to cover a broad spectrum of issues, from the origin of inclusions, their interaction and reactions in different product stages to their specific effects on product properties. In addition to producing steel for the automobile industry, the laboratory mainly aims to examine powder metallurgy for the manufacturing of high-alloyed tool steels.
One of the priorities will be the further development of methods to analyse inclusions with the help of machine learning. Three Austrian companies belonging to the voestalpine Group are partners of the new Christian Doppler Laboratory, namely voestalpine Stahl, voestalpine Stahl Donawitz and voestalpine Böhler Edelstahl.
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