The participating steel producers - Ovako and Smålands Stålgjuteri - will offer austempered ausferritic steels with excellent mechanical and tribological properties with product costs comparable with today´s hardened steels. The project will gather material data concerning improved strength, fracture toughness and fatigue properties as well as improved tribological properties and wear resistance for plain bearings. The excellent properties are enabled by the enhanced Si-content in the solution hardened ausferritic steel ´SiSSASteel´ and nodular cast iron ´SiSSADI´.
During the project the ausferritic nodular cast irons and the ausferritic steels will be evaluated at four OEM:s: Atlas Copco, Indexator, Olofsfors and Rototilt. The project will be managed by Ausferritic AB.