BSA - Future Steels

Breakthrough Steels and Applications

Being based on easily extracted iron, steel provides both environmentally and economically the best material solutions for a plethora of applications and is one of the main building blocks of sustainable society. However, the ever-increasing demand for cost-efficiency and reduced energy consumption, new production processes, new and harsher application environments for products and new requirements due to legislation based on environment protection call for innovative business solutions for applications based on new materials and material combinations. This requires a major renovation program in design and manufacturing industries as well as teaching and research institutions.

The overall goal of the Breakthrough Steels and Applications (BSA) program is to increase the competitiveness and facilitate the renewal of the Finnish steel, metal and engineering industries. More specifically, the program aims at

  • removing barriers to the efficient application of the latest steel developments,
  • establishing a basis for optimal new generation material solutions for emerging processes and applications in various technology fields, and
  • developing a completely new generation of steel and cast material concepts from both an economic and environmental point of view.

Also, an extremely essential part of the program is to build deep fundamental understanding of steel material processing, structures, properties and performance as well as to develop and utilise modelling and simulation tools to facilitate the achievement of these goals.

The BSA program consists of four projects:

  • P1: Material challenges from emerging processes and applications
  • P2: Design beyond present codes
  • P3: Novel steel concepts
  • P4: Fundamentals and modelling (FunMode)

FunMode is a new instrument in FIMECC research programs, aimed at significantly strengthening the scientific base by taking advantage of the most recent scientific knowhow, methods and computational tools for material multiscale modelling and simulation. It is a cross-cutting element, linking all of the projects in this program together and building a solid scientific knowledge platform of deep fundamental understanding of steel material processing, structures, properties and performance. Another result will be a toolbox of computational modelling and simulation tools for material design and optimization. The critical mass is guaranteed by gathering together a highly multi-disciplinary group of researchers (12 doctoral theses, their senior advisors & international partners) working on challenging research topics. This group is further extended by joint research work, mentoring and collaboration with a similar FunMode project included in another FIMECC materials programme (Hybrid Materials), proposed and planned to run over the same time period. All of the doctoral projects in Project 4 include 6-12 months of researcher exchange to key foreign research institutions, which will broaden the scientific competence base and link the program to international activities in this field.

The program consortium covers various parts of the steel value chain, including steel producers, foundries, engineering and machinery industries (steel users) with a wide range of applications and research partners supported by extensive networking with international research partners. The goals of the programme are balanced, being based on both the critical future needs of the steel end-users (market pull) and recent trends in materials research and development (technology push). Furthermore, close cooperation over the steel value chain is expected to serve as a fertile ground for new breakthroughs.

The program was planned in parallel and is linked to the other new FIMECC materials program, Hybrid Materials, proposed and planned to run over the same time period.

Schedule: 2014-2018

Size: total 46 M€

Contact person: David Porter

More information about BSA in Fimecc's pages.

Last updated: 2.10.2017