I saw this Ford Ecosport—a mid size SUV at a workshop for repairs on its skin.
I wondered what caused it and whether the sheet metal of this car was strong enough. I decided to dig in about the kind of steel Ford India uses for its models.
Actually, more steel means more protection. But the point is how to give extra protection without adding extra weight that could impact fuel savings? Ford website says it looked to the aerospace industry for the answer and found it in boron steel. So, the HINGE PILLAR is formed from dual-phase 600-grade steel. DOOR INTRUSION beams are also made from boron steel to provide exceptional strength and rigidity.DUAL-PHASE STEEL is used to connect the A pillar with the B pillar. ROCKER PANELS are made from dual-phase steels, known for their energy absorption.
So, Boron steel is an ultra-high-strength steel used by Ford along with low-alloy and dual-phase steels, to protect while still passing on fuel savings.
Because it can be melded into thinner components than normal steel, it’s lighter while still remaining super strong and stiff.
Technically speaking and to summarize on Boron steel’s properties, it is super light, super strong and it’s high yield and tensile strengths allow us to form complex shapes that can be welded into key areas, such as pillars and bumpers, to provide a ‘safety cell’ that does not add weight and use more fuel.
It is also used in the door intrusion beams of all Ford vehicles to help protect passengers in the event of a side impact.
It’s also used in key areas on specific models, depending on their size and usage.
Its interesting to see how the findings of aerospace industries are finding ways in the automobile industries!
Did you know that Boron steel is used in widely diverse ways, from enamels and golf clubs, to pyrotechnics and nuclear reactors.
On reading further I came across this article…for more on Boron steel! You will find that while Boron steel is good in enhancing the overall strength of the vehicle it is a challenge for the rescue operation team to cut it when rescuing the passengers from an accidental vehicle.