Course Descriptions

Join us for A/SP Advanced High-Strength Steels
Metallurgy and Formability Courses and Leadership Series Webinars


Enhance Your Understanding of Advanced High-Strength Steels with the New A/SP Courses
Auto/Steel Partnership offers NEW training courses on the metallurgy and forming of Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS). Courses are divided into shorter time demands and scheduled regularly. They can be selected individually on the subjects of your choice, or attended in total for comprehensive training.

NEW! Two Levels of Learning!

Overview Level Courses (O-Level)
A/SP now offers courses for those who currently do not have a technical background in design or manufacturing of vehicles or steel and who can benefit from a high-level understanding (e.g., Transactional or Supply Chain Roles like Procurement, Sales, Finance, or Program Management). Following the suggested O-Level Course Paths for Metallurgy and Formability will help you gain that understanding.

Technical Level Courses (T-Level)
We’ve  created all new training for our traditional trainees,  those who have a technical background in vehicle design and manufacturing and wish to enhance their AHSS knowledge (e.g., Engineer or Technologist involved in Tool and Die, Simulation or Manufacturing). Following the suggested T-Level Course Paths for Metallurgy and Formability will accomplish your learning goals.

Once you’ve completed all courses in your selected course path (O-level or T-level) for Metallurgy and Formability, attendees can expect to have a solid overview of AHSS to understand the many grade options available and how they can be effectively deployed in automotive applications.



Metallurgy Courses

MET01 – Metallurgy and Steelmaking (1 Hour)
Learn about: Phases and Phase Diagrams, Iron-Carbon Phase Diagrams, Steelmaking and Steel Rolling, Differences Between Integrated Mills and Mini-mills and between Heats and Coils, Annealing of Conventional Steels vs Advanced Steels, Relationship Between Cooling Rate After Annealing and Creating Phases in AHSS, Zinc Coatings: Hot Dip Galvanizing/Galvannealing, Electrogalvanizing, Zinc-Magnesium, Differences between Mild/Conventional High Strength Steels & AHSS.

MET02 – Steel Specifications & Grade Nomenclature (1 Hour)
Learn About: Using One vs Two Numbers to Indicate Strength, Names of Different Types of Automotive Steels, Ways to Describe Steel Grades that Minimizes Confusion, Origin of Rounding (DP590 vs DP600), Challenges With Global Specifications, Information on Metal Certs – and What’s Not There.

MET03 – Steel Grades (O-Level: 1 Hour | T-Level: 2 Hours)
Learn About: The rapid growth in AHSS automotive use, Differences between Mild/Conventional High-Strength Steels and AHSS, Applications suitable for each type of AHSS grade, Automotive production examples showing where AHSS is deployed.
All courses are offered in a webinar format that includes detailed presentations, interactive learning and time for questions and answers. A certificate is issued after each course’s completion.


Metallurgy Suggested Learning Paths

Overview (O-Level) Path

MET01 – Metallurgy and Steelmaking
MET02 – Steel Specifications and Grade Nomenclature
MET03-O  – Steel Grades
Time Investment:  3 Hours

Technical (T- Level)  Path

MET01 – Metallurgy and Steelmaking
MET02 – Steel Specifications and Grade Nomenclature
MET03-T  – Steel Grades
Time Investment: 4 Hours



Formability Course Offerings


FOR01 – Tensile Testing (1.5 Hours)
Learn about: Parameters Measured When Pulling A Sample In Tension, including Elastic Modulus, Yield and Tensile Strength, Total and Uniform Elongation, N- and R-value, Differences Between Strength And Stiffness, Strategies To Increase Stiffness, the Meaning Of Engineering Stress-Strain Curves And True Stress-Strain Curves; Why Dual Phase Steels Form Better Than HSLA Steels at the Same Yield Strength, Influence of Tensile Dogbone Shape On Elongation, Information not Included In Metal Cert Sheets, Yet Necessary To Characterize Formability.

FOR02-T Only – FLC and Simulation (2 Hours)
Learn about: Why We Can’t Use Just Tensile Testing for Formability Characterization, Visualizing Strains Through Circle Grid Analysis, Measuring Strains on Formed Parts, Creating Forming Limit Curves, FLC Dependence on N-Value and R-Value, Difference Between Forming Limit Curves and Forming Limit Diagrams, Caveats When Estimating FLCs with Simulation / Modeling, Applicability Limitations of Forming Limit Curves, Three Mathematically-Defined Inputs Needed for Metalforming Simulation, Reasons Why Simulation Does Not Match Reality.

FOR03-T Only – Necking-Limited Global & Fracture-Limited Local Formability (2 hours)
Learn about: Necking-Limited vs Fracture-Limited Formability, Stretch Forming and the Effect of N-Value, Deep Drawing / Cup Forming and the Effect of R-Value, Measuring Stretchability and Drawability, Why AHSS Grades are More Prone to Fracture-Limited Failures, Why Forming Limit Curves Cannot Predict Fracture-Limited Failures, Bending and Hole Expansion Tests to Characterize Fracture-Limited Failures, Cut Edge Quality and Cutting Clearance Influence on Stretch Flangeability, Microstructural Influence on Stretch Flangeability, Tailoring Grade Characteristics to the Needs of the Part.

FOR04-T Only – Springback (1 Hour)
Learn about: Origin of Springback, Springback Differences as a Function of Strength and Metal, Causes of Non-Repeatable Springback, Springback Mitigation Strategies, Improving Accuracy in Springback Prediction

FOR05 – Press, Tool & Die, and Metal Forming Lubrication; Considerations When Working with Higher Strength Steels
(O-Level: 1 Hour ; T-Level: 2 Hours)
Learn about: Increased Press Loads When Working with AHSS, Press Load Prediction Considerations, Importance of Press Energy, Benefits of Servo-Drive Presses, Die Design Considerations and Strategies When Forming AHSS, Tooling Materials and Coating Strategies for AHSS, Tool & Die Wear and Countermeasures, Importance of Engineered Lubricants When Working with AHSS, Importance of Preventive Maintenance.

FOR06 – Moving Beyond Conventional Cold Stamping           
(O-Level: 1 Hour ; T-Level: 2 Hours)
Learn about: Grades and Products that Are Candidates for Roll Forming, Advanced Production Methods and Hydroforming, Using Blanks, Coils, and Tubes to Create Parts with Tailored Properties as well as Using Press Hardening To Expand Their Tailored Property, Grades Appropriate for Press Hardening, Producing Strength From 450 To 2000 MPa, Press Hardening Production Methods for Blanks, Profiles, And Tubes with Production Examples, Coating Strategies for Press Hardening Steels and the Influence on Production Method Options, Differences Between Hot Stamping and Cold Stamping, Importance of Preventive Maintenance and Problem Solving Strategies When Working With AHSS.

FOR07-T Only – Press Hardening (1.5 Hour)
Learn about: Using Press Hardening To Expand Tailored Property Capabilities of Blanks, Coils, And Tubes, Grades Appropriate for Press Hardening, Producing Strength From 450 To 2000 MPa, High Bendability and High Strength Production Route Options, Press Hardening Production Methods for Blanks, Profiles, And Tubes with Production Examples, Coating Strategies for Press Hardening Steels and the Influence on Production Method Options, How, Why, and Where Soft Zones are Used Within PHS Parts, Differences Between Hot Stamping and Cold Stamping.




Formability Course Suggested Learning Paths

Overview (O-Level) Path

FOR01 – Tensile Testing
FOR05-O – Press, Tool & Die, and Metal Forming Lubrication
FOR06-O – Moving Beyond Conventional Cold Stamping
Time Investment:  3.5 Hours

Technical (T- Level) Path

FOR01 – Tensile Testing
FOR02-T – FLC and Simulation
FOR03-T – Necking-Limited Global & Fracture-Limited   Local Formability
FOR04-T – Springback
FOR05-T – Press, Tool & Die, and Metal Forming Lubrication
FOR06-T – Moving Beyond Conventional Cold Stamping
FOR07-T – Press Hardening
Time Investment: 11 Hours



In addition to our Forming and Metallurgy courses, an overview of the use of Resistance Spot Welding with Advanced High-Strength Steel is offered in a webinar recording.

JOI-01  AHSS and Resistance Spot Welding (1-Hour)
Affecting the application of Advanced High-Strength Steels to part of a vehicle are considerations for Steel Chemistry, Effects of Galvanized Coating, Effects of Process Parameters, Carbon Equivalent, and Liquid Metal Embrittlement (LME). This course will discuss how to address these topics.  You can attend this webinar recording at your convenience. Register and watch at GoTo Webinars here.



A/SP Leadership Series

Our years in the industry has led to a wealth of relationships with top leadership. This new series will draw upon their knowledge and expertise to bring you information and learning from career development to new ideas on automotive design and engineering.   Click this link to see the latest schedule and register for upcoming classes!  Be sure to Subscribe your email to get early notifications of upcoming schedules for this new series.


Other Available Training

Die Weld Repair Procedures
The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) Stamping Tooling Optimization (STO) Team developed a series of OEM weld repair procedures for common stamping die materials. Each procedure is specific to the stamping process (i.e. trim, forming, etc.) and repair issue (i.e. crack repair, edge repair, etc.). The procedures cover the filler material, recommended weld equipment, heat treatment (pre- and post), and applicable process notes. The procedures were created from OEM auto manufacturer input and are intended to help in repair and restoration of stamping dies.  A/SP assumes no responsibility for the use of the information.

Click here for a downloadable copy.


AHSS Guidelines

The WorldAutoSteel AHSS Application Guidelines provide global best practices for forming and joining AHSS and 3rd Gen Steels.  The guidelines enable those who are making automotive structures to master the fundamentals and get up to speed on specific application knowledge. Automotive designers, engineers and press shop personnel can all benefit from the Guidelines as they apply these steels to vehicle manufacturing. The Guidelines are now in an online, searchable database!

Click here to go to the Guidelines database.