One of the strongest advanced high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels on the market, Docol® steel is quickly emerging as a superior steel alternative in the transport and automotive industries. It's helping designers and manufacturers meet tough new demands from industry and customers alike: reduce CO2 emissions, increase cost efficiency and improve crash-worthiness.
With its high strength-to-weight ratio, this thinner AHSS steel can be used without sacrificing strength, enabling you to significantly reduce the weight of your products. This improves fuel efficiency and vehicle performance while cutting your costs. So with Docol, you can make your applications more competitive — and drive performance to a new level.
Shape Corp, leading automotive supplier in the arena of impact energy management, has been using Docol AHSS in their bumpers for many years. It allows for thinner steel gauges and reduced steel consumption by up to 20 percent. Their latest design for bumpers will enable even more weight reduction.
When Chrysler wanted to reduce the mass of the upper control arm (UCA) in its Dodge Ram pickup truck, the company turned to a higher strength steel. In order to improve its fuel economy in times of rising gasoline prices, the full-size pickup truck underwent a massive mass reduction. This had to be accomplished without giving up the truck’s load carrying or towing capabilities — two critical reasons why customers buy full-size pickup trucks. One clear solution emerged: use a new design with a smaller section modulus, made from significantly higher strength steel.