Patrik Ölund

Director, Head of Group R&D, Ovako

Steel developed to challenge traditional engineering steel

Design engineers have a number classical engineering steel in their toolbox. All these are mainly low alloyed steels suitable for different heat treatment operations. If additional requirements are needed the option has been to use more advanced steels such as tool steels or maraging steels. There may be a resistance to this due to the high cost and low availability. For this reason Ovako has developed a new type of steel that is a “hybrid” between a lean alloyed secondary hardening steel and a maraging steel. The steel show many interesting feature that can not be reached with traditional engineering steel. Yet, it is possible to produce in conventional steel making process without detrimental segregation issues.