UTEP Department of Metallurgical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering Awarded $225,000 to Research the Next Generation of High Strength Steels
CHYANNE SMITH | May 18, 2016 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. Devesh Misra
The University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering's Department of Metallurgical, Materials, and Biomedical Engineering (MMBME) has been awarded $225K by CBMM North America to conduct research on next generation of high strength steels.
CBMM is a privately held Brazilian company with businesses established internationally. CBMM invests in providing cutting edge niobium – a metal used in the steel casting – products and technology around the world.
Through this project, UTEP researchers aim to gain new understanding of the structure of steel and its properties. This knowledge will help the steel industry to develop high strength steels with superior performance, which will serve to help improve automotive applications, structural beams in construction, and pipelines for oil and gas transport.
"We are excited to explore these relationships and be able to provide new information that will help benefit the steel industry," said Devesh Misra, Ph.D., chair and professor of MMBME. "As an added benefit, this project will establish a partnership with the steel industry, which will help our students to secure jobs in the steel and automotive industries."
With the grant, researchers in the department will examine the relationship between the process of casting steel slabs, aiming to create thinner slab of about two inches thick with the same strength and durability of the current ten-inch slabs, and the resulting properties of the advanced steels from nanoscale to micro-level.