Research report 2011 - Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH

The power of quantum mechanics in modern steel design

Hickel, Tilmann; Dick, Alexey; Neugebauer, Jörg; Sandlöbes, Stefanie; Raabe, Dierk
Department of Computational Materials Design (Neugebauer)
Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design (Raabe)
Modern steels show a rapid development: 2400 exist already, of which 2000 have been developed during the last decade. Steel grades that are strong and ductile at the same time, are of particular interest for automotive applications. How can a tailored design of such steels be achieved? Which processes occur at the atomic scale? And what is the role of carbon? Scientists at the MPI für Eisenforschung face these challenges with a two-fold strategy by exploiting the principles of quantum mechanics in theoretical as well as experimental methods.

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