Centre for Advanced Steels Research

The Centre for Advanced Steels Research (CASR) was founded in 2006. CASR forms  a national centre of expertise focusing on the chemical, mechanical and physical metallurgy of steels, including control and information engineering and modelling. CASR covers about 100 researches located in nine research groups from three faculties of the University of Oulu and from LUT University.

In the strategy of University of Oulu for 2010-2015, steel research was one of the development areas. In the new strategy for 2016-2020, High-Strength Tough Steels for Sustainable Light-Weight Solutions theme will be one of the main focus fields.

GENOME OF STEEL is a profiling area in the university’s strategic research focus area Creating sustainability through materials and systems. It is funded by a specific instrument of the Academy of Finland aimed at strengthening the research profiles of Finnish universities.

Steels research is very valuable to Finnish metals and engineering industry, which produces nearly half of Finnish export goods. Research at CASR has enabled Finnish industry to become a global leader in the development and use of ultrahigh-strength steels and thereby increase its annual turnover by more than 500 M€.

One measure of the perceived importance and industrial relevance of steel research at University of Oulu can be obtained from the volume of external funding that is about 5 M€ per year.

Photos presented in this website are taken by: Juha Sarkkinen & Kaisa Heikkinen