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ToughSteel aims to enhance the value and increase stakeholder awareness of Fracture Toughness approach benefits, which has proved to be an effective tool to address crack-related challenges in Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) in car lightweighting and has high replicability in other sheet metal forming applications.

The main objective of the project is to disseminate to the main actors of the sheet metal forming community the possibility of measuring fracture toughness in thin sheets by means of the Essential Work of Fracture (EWF) and use it to effectively address and solve crack-related phenomena, as edge cracking and to select and develop AHSS with optimised crash performance.