A recent report "Considerations in the Selection of Advanced High-Strength Steels for ULSAB-AVC" from the ULSAB-Advanced Vehicle Concepts (AVC) Consortium underscores the successful use of simultaneous engineering between the steel industry and vehicle designers to achieve mass, performance and other technical goals for its advanced concepts vehicle. ULSAB-AVC is the most recent addition to the global steel industry's initiatives offering steel solutions to the challenges facing automakers around the world. The challenges are to increase the fuel efficiency of automobiles, improve safety and performance and maintain affordability, as well as make environmentally friendly vehicles. The program follows the UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) program, which was successfully completed in 1998.
The ULSAB-AVC Consortium set mass, performance and other targets for its advanced concepts vehicle to build the next generation of safe, affordable and fuel-efficient vehicles. Selection of steels for ULSAB-AVC was made to facilitate an optimum balance between structural strength, crash resistance, formability, joinability and total economy. Porsche Engineering Services (PES) Inc., Troy, Mich. provided design and engineering management for ULSAB-AVC as it did with the ULSAB Program, using a holistic approach to develop a new vehicle architecture that offers cost-efficient steel solutions to mass-reduction challenges.