SSAB’s University Challenge Encourages Students to Develop Innovative Applications for High-Strength Steel

Last year’s University Challenge winner, Manuel Genzor from Spain, submitted a proposal for a lighter and safer chassis solution for an agricultural trailer, which could reduce chassis weight by more than 20%.

SSAB, a Swedish and U.S.-based steel producer (and an AISC member), invites students to enter its annual University Challenge. The competition, open to all universities internationally, is an opportunity for students to present their ideas for new, innovative solutions using high-strength steel. Applications will be accepted until October 15 and the winning team of students will be awarded during the Swedish Steel Prize Event in Stockholm in November.

To enter, students (individuals or groups up to six people) can submit a design study, a production method, a concept or an upgrade of an existing product that includes the use of high-strength steel. The proposal does not have to be ready for market, but it should have the potential.

“The University Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to get feedback and recommendations on their design ideas,” says Monika Gutén, executive vice president and head of Group HR, procurement and shared services at SSAB. “This is also a good event to network with international participants from all over the world.”

Experts will work together with students to refine their proposals, which may include estimates of strength, fatigue or other mechanical properties, as well as calculations of production efficiency and actual market potential, depending on the entry’s design and character.

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