The idea of the project is the development of novel technological concepts for ultra-high strength and ductile automotive sheets and plates made of economical medium manganese steels such as Quenching and Partitioning, combining high strength, plasticity, fracture resistance and showing beneficial technological properties with high application potential in the automotive industry.

Structural materials for automotive industry
- project background

Advanced structural materials for the automotive industry must combine:

high strength

high plasticity

fracture resistance

ability to absorb
energy released during crush events

Moreover, they should provide an opportunity for the development of cost-effective and light-weight parts with improved safety and optimized environmental performance.

What is the priority of the modern automotive industry?

It is an improvement in the passive safety of car users and the reduction of car body weight related directly to the reduction of fuel consumption and emission of harmful gasses to the environment. This will significantly improve the quality of life of vehicle users and reduce their negative impact on the environment.

Lightweight steel

Lightweight steel It’s also very important to ensure adequate:



susceptibility to galvanization

…with a minimum cost determined by the concentration of alloying elements added into the alloy. Many of these properties require a different material approach because their simultaneous combining is a very difficult challenge. The fundamental problem of conventional steels is to provide a required strength without a significant reduction of plasticity. 




ultra-high-strength martensitic steels

What are the goals of the project?

Two innovative medium Mn steel grades will be developed.

Two innovative, cost-effective high-efficient thermomechanical processing and Quenching and Partitioning heat treatment technologies will be designed, the aim of which is to produce ultra-high-strength martensitic steels with retained austenite showing the desired stability and morphological homogeneity, which will allow obtaining sheets and plates with unattainable so far mechanical properties.

Scheme of Quenching and Partitioning.
Thermomechanical processing and heat treatment technology.

Why it matters?
Potential benefits

- roadmap of project execution

The implementation of the research project requires using a wide range of comprehensive research techniques and simulation methods. Achieving the project goal requires the implementation of the following 5 work packages:

Work Package

1. Obtaining 2 model steels in the form of flat bars

2. Designing optimal conditions for heat treatment and thermomechanical processing

Work Package


Obtaining optimal time and temperature parameters of heat-treatment and thermomechanical processing

Work Package


Development of optimal technological assumptions for the semi-industrial tests of heat treatment and themomechanical processing

Work Package


Obtaining the necessary parameters of the technological process in conditions similar to industrial conditions

Work Package


Obtaining the necessary parameters of the technological process in conditions similar to industrial conditions

INNOQPTECHNOL project schedule and budget

24 months January 1st, 2022 – January 1st, 2024 Total budget granted

The team

Meet people behind Innoqptechnol project.