Consortiums of three RFCS-funded projects (OptiQPAP, TOOLKIT and MuSTMeF) have actively participated in the cross-project Workshop OpTOMuST organized by Dr. Piet Kok (TATA Steel) and Prof. Leo Kestens (University of Ghent) on February 11-13, 2019 in Ghent. The participants had an opportunity to present and discuss their research activities in the area of development and optimization of advanced high strength steels. The OptiQPAP project was presented by two talks. Presentation of Dr. Ilchat Sabirov (IMDEA) focused on development of thermo-mechanical processing routes and quenching and partitioning process to optimize quenched and partitioned steels for industrial applications with the emphasis laid on their in-use properties. Another talk given by Dr. Carola Celada (TU Delft) was mainly focused on modelling of quenching and partitioning steels to predict their properties and to design the optimal microstructures with desired mechanical properties. The event was preceded by a regular OptiQPAP face-to-face project meeting. The consortium partners presented and discussed the recent outcomes of their research activities within frame of the OptiQPAP project and updated activities for the next six months.
Photos: Presenters and participants during OpToMuST Workshop.
The OptiQPAP consortium members have participated at the THERMEC 2018 Conference, which was held on July 8-13 in Paris. THERMEC Conference is the main international event in the area of thermo-mechanical processing of steels. The recent outcomes of the OptiQPAP project were presented in oral talks and posters. Presentations focused on the role of alloying elements in microstructure evolution in steels developed for quenching and partitioning (Q&P) process, on modelling of mechanical behaviour of Q&P steels and their functional properties.
OptiQPAP consortium members presenting at the THERMEC 2018 Conference.
From left to right: Dr. Carola Celada (TUDELFT), Pablo Garcia Chao (IMDEA), Dr. Ali Smith (CSM).
The 4th OptiQPAP progress meeting was hosted by the University of Gent (Gent, Belgium) on 15th of June, 2018. Project partners presented and discussed their research activities in frame of the OptiQPAP project within last 6 months. The future research plans and dissemination activities were updated. The participants enjoyed guided tour over state-of-the-art laboratory for high strain rate testing of materials and other research facilities of the University.
Consortium members in the laboratory of high strain rate testing.
The OptiQPAP project has successfully undergone mid-term review by the Research Fund for Coal Steel. The mid-term report of the OptiQPAP project was approved by the Committee after the evaluation that took place on April 27 at the CSM headquarters (Rome).
The OptiQPAP consortium members have been invited to organize a Special Issue ‘Advanced high strength steels by quenching and partitioning‘ in the open-access journal Metals, which belongs to the Q1 journals in the area of Metallurgy. The main objectives of this Special Issue are to disseminate the recent developments in application of quenching and partitioning heat treatment to processing of third generation advanced high strength steels and to facilitate a more intense development in this field of research. The Special Issue welcomes research articles and reviews addressing theoretical and experimental design of steels and quenching and partitioning process, microstructure of quenched and partitioned steels, their mechanical and performance properties, quenching and partitioning process – microstructure – properties relationship, as well as examples of their industrial applications. It is oriented to researchers from universities and industrial research centers and to steel producers directly involved in the production and product development. The deadline for submission of papers is set to September 30, 2019. The manuscripts can be submitted on-line via link