After years of losing ground in automotive applications to aluminum, composites and other materials, steel won back business in 2004 with lighter and higher-strength grades. The principal driver was Dual Phase steel, a relatively new high-strength steel with properties that could be “tuned” for different strength levels and processing methods. “Dual Phase clearly is leading the way,” said Jody Shaw, U.S. Steel Corp. technical industry manager-product technology automotive. Dual Phase ...

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