Alexander Gramlich receives Otto-Kienzle-Preis
Alexander Gramlich receives Otto-Kienzle-PreisCopyright: © IEHK
Alexander Gramlich, a doctoral student at the Steel Institute, has been awarded this year's Otto Kienzle Prize of the Industrieverband Massivumformung e. V. (Industrial Association of the Forging Industry). The prize is awarded annually for outstanding results in the field of forging and for increasing the competitiveness of the industry. In the "LHD forging steel 2" project, Alexander Gramlich was able to develop a new air-hardening forging steel which saves large amounts of CO2 emissions thanks to its shortened process route. The mechanical properties remain at the level of classic quenched and tempered steels or even surpass it in terms of cyclic strength. The alloy was initially developed at IEHK on a laboratory scale. Following the development phase, a 40 t industrial melt has been cast and further processed into various forged components such as spring U-bolts (approx. 2 kg) and planetary carriers (approx. 250 kg). The successfully completed project shows that the development of new steels will continue to play an important role in the future and that steel as a material is by no means in conflict with a CO2-neutral society.