Tata Steel acquires sophisticated R&D instruments for Auto Industry
Tata Steel is the leading supplier of advanced steel sheet for interior as well as exterior parts for the Indian car makers. Some of the steels being supplied include the highly formable Interstitial Free (IF), dent resistant, IF-High Strength (IF-HS) and the Bake Hardening (BH) grades. All these may lead to making the car body lighter and stronger. These have been well received by the market and in many instances, have started replacing the expensive imported materials. For this achievement the Research & Development Department of Tata Steel has been awarded the "National Award for R&D Efforts in Industry (New Material)" - 2001, by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Government of India.
For keeping the tradition of creating innovative and quality products that meet the highly demanding requirements of the Indian auto industry, Tata Steel has commissioned a powerful Electron Back Scatter Diffraction (EBSD) - the new attachment to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) at R&D, Tata Steel. The EBSD would be a vital tool in developing and characterizing high strength, formable steel grades in the near future.
The EBSD Unit can capture information on a very fine (angstrom) scale which is vital for predicting some important performance of materials such as the ability of sheet steels to be formed in to various components. These may be the door, the fender, or the bonnet etc. of a car.
The SEM at Tata Steel is a very effective tool in characterizing materials particularly in analysing and explaining failures of engineering components. With the commissioning of the new attachment -- EBSD, the SEM at R&D of Tata Steel now has become one of the most powerful and sophisticated instruments with capabilities for high class micro-structure, chemicals and physical analysis and crystal orientation determination. This is only the second unit of its kind in the country.
The commissioning of the EBSD is bound to usher in a new and significant era in material characterization in this country and shall lead Tata Steel to greater heights in supplying even more demanding and sophisticated materials to its customers.