Engineers in the spotlight: Get to know Stefan Myslowicki, who represents the many dedicated specialists in thyssenkrupp’s Steel division. He’s involved in process development and pilot production of TRIBOND®, which helps protect car passengers – and more.
- Name: Stefan Myslowicki
- Age: 44
- Fields: Process development and pilot production
- Product: TRIBOND® 1200 and TRIBOND® 1400
What is TRIBOND®?
Generally speaking, TRIBOND® is a composite produced by hot-rolled cladding that combines various different grades of steel in a single material, resulting in a new characteristics profile.
What is special about TRIBOND® 1200 and TRIBOND® 1400?
Their composition. They were specially developed for hot forming and consist of two outer layers of ductile steel surrounding a high-strength steel core. This three-layer composite structure ensures high levels of both strength and formability. As a result, hot-formed components can be made thinner and lighter. An additional advantage: Customers can process TRIBOND® in their existing facilities.
What role do you play in the development process?
I am the Project Manager for TRIBOND®. I scheduled the product from the beginning and supported its development. My duties include organizational tasks, developing test programs, and tracking tests in the lab and, later on, in operation. After the initial tests are conducted in our pilot production facility in Dortmund, Germany, we proceed to a test run in the hot strip plant. After that, the material undergoes testing in the cold strip mill and at the surface treatment plant.
What was the career path that led you to this position?
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy and Materials Technology from RWTH Aachen University, and went on to earn my doctorate there as well. After finishing my studies, I started working for a heater manufacturer. I’ve been working for thyssenkrupp’s Steel division for about eight years, and I primarily focus on TRIBOND®. Working on TRIBOND® gives me the opportunity to help shape the industrial-scale production of an entirely new group of steel materials from the very beginning.
Where will this new thyssenkrupp product be used?
Primarily in the automotive industry. TRIBOND® 1400 offers very high strength and ductility, which makes it the perfect material for components that need to have a high resistance to deformation, such as B-pillars. TRIBOND® 1200 is less strong, but more pliable. It is therefore suitable for components in the axial structure, since it does a good job of absorbing energy in crashes – it provides vehicle passengers with excellent protection in the case of an accident.
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