23 - 25 October 2018
Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina








The Instituto Argentino de Siderurgia is inviting the entire steel community to the:

22nd IAS Steel Conference

which will include topics ranging from raw materials to end-products, including sessions on Safety and Environment and with a special emphasis on "Steel Industry 4.0" currently one of the greatest interests for the steel community.

The Conference will be enhanced with the EXPO IAS 2018 to the Steel Industry at which companies will have the opportunity to share their latest developments and products. The Exhibit area will be a key point of the Conference. The exhibition will run throughout the event.








The Conference will be held from Tuesday, October 23 to Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Pre-conference courses will take place on Monday, October 22 and will be delivered by internationally renowned speakers who will deal with different aspects of the steelmaking process; and the traditional plant tours will take place on Friday, October 26.




is located in the southeast of South America. It is the country chosen to host the event. For more information about Argentina, visas and how to get from Ezeiza to Rosario, click here:


has been named host city of the event. It is located in central-eastern Argentina, in Santa Fe province and is the third most populous city. Learn more about this city by clicking here:


Call for Papers


The 22ª Conferencia del Acero IAS (CAI) 2018 is the place for authors to share ideas, experiences and knowledge of the industry. Thus, we invite you to submit your abstracts for consideration. IAS offers two opportunities to participate in the conference. Choose the option that best suits your objectives and available resources:

Option 1: Abstract + Technical Paper + PowerPoint
Option 2: Abstract + PowerPoint



Abstracts will be organized into the following sessions:

- Ironmaking
- Steelmaking
- Rolling
- Processing, Products and Applications
- Maintenance and Automation
- Safety and Environmental Issues
- Industry 4.0

The abstract must be written in Spanish or Portuguese and in English and it must provide sufficient information for a fair assessment including the objective of the paper, the methodology used and the conclusions or results of the work.


Student Papers
Undergraduate students are specially invited to present university projects or co-op experiences on any of the subjects listed above.
Deadline for the abstract submission is:
3rd April 2018.
Deadline for the full paper submission is:
18th May 2018.
Deadline for the PPT submission is:
23rd July 2018.
All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and given to attendees on arrival at the Conference. Publishing rights of the written final papers and those presented at the Conference are exclusively reserved to the Instituto Argentino de Siderurgia (IAS).
The official languages of the event are Spanish and English. A simultaneous translation service (Spanish/ English - English/Spanish) will be provided.


Materials Science and Engineering of Modern Automotive Steels

Wolfgang Bleck

Steel is by far the most significant metallic material group. It contains over 2500 steel grades and offers a wide variety of property combinations to be applied to different uses. Many of these steel grades were recently modified or have been newly developed. Combined with new processing methods, they are an interesting and challenging field for engineers. This course is an introduction to the fundamental laws of material development with a strong focus on steels for automotive application: e.g. new advanced high strength sheet steels for car bodies, new hot rolled press hardening steels for crash relevant parts, new microalloyed and bainitic steels for gear components.



The course introduces to an engineering approach of how to develop steels and their processes, of how to achieve desired properties, and of how to appropriately use the material. The course begins by acquainting the participant with the physical and chemical characteristics of the element iron. Important alloying elements for steels are introduced by means of phase diagrams. The microstructure formation and the technical significance and application of phase transformations are discussed. The practical relevance of the introduced physical and chemical phenomena for steel development and application is explained with respect to the processing both of strip and of long products. The requirement of various customers will be discussed; a focus is laid on the automotive industry as one of the drivers for recently developed new products.

Furthermore, recent developments for safety relevant components will be discussed as complex phase steels and press–hardening steels. The impact of boron alloying on phase transformation behavior and the microstructure development in hardenable steels will be highlighted.


09:00 Introduction
09:30 Steels for automotive application: general requirements
Case studies: DDQ and EDDQ steels, HSLA steels
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Principles of steel design: AHSS steels for the automotive industry
Case studies: Dualphase and TRIP steels
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Principles of steel design: New forging steels
Case studies: microalloyed and bainitic steels for bars and wires; effect of the alloying element boron on hardenability; press hardenin
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 ICME: Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
Case studies: through process modelling of a new steel
17:00 Final discussion




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The Conference and Seminars will be enhanced with the EXPO IAS to the Steel Industry at which companies will have the opportunity to inform their latest developments and products. The Exhibit area will be a key point of the Conference.

The EXPO IAS 2018 will take place from 22 until 25 October 2018 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina.



You can select the booth according to the floor plan below and then fill in the reservation form. The booths are sold on the first come, first served basis.

Booth rental is USD 3.300 and the size of each booth is 2 X 3 metres.

The exhibition is located in the Convention Center where coffee breaks will be held, creating an environment where you will be able not only to see new technologies, products and services, but also share experiences with other attendees.

The Welcome Cocktail of the Conference will be also carried out at the Exhibit, on 22nd October at 7:30 pm.


Contact us: cai2018@siderurgia.org.ar
+54 336 4461805 ext. 19