Industrial Associates Program on High and Ultrahigh-Carbon Steels


The Industrial Associates Program on High and Ultrahigh-Carbon Steels is lead by Professor Eric M. Taleff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. This program promotes the research and development of high and ultrahigh-carbon steel (UHCS).


The goals of this Industrial Associates Program are as follows.

  1. "Directly fund the advancement of research on UHCS materials
  2. Assist The University in obtaining funding from non-industrial sponsors for research on UHCS materials
  3. Promote collaboration between industry and The University in the research and development of UHCS materials
  4. Promote the education of students at The University through research experience and collaboration with engineers from industry


Ultrahigh-carbon steel (UHCS) is a special class of carbon steels containing from 1.0 to 2.1 weight percent carbon and which exhibits exceptionally high strength and wear resistance combined with good toughness. UHCS materials can also exhibit superplasticity at elevated temperatures. These materials hold great potential for manufacturing industries because of their remarkable mechanical properties. Industrial application of UHCS materials, however, still requires significant research into alloy design, processing schedules, microstructure control, and mechanical behavior.


This Industrial Associates Program addresses:

  1. Metallurgy of high and ultrahigh-carbon steels
  2. Processing of high and ultrahigh-carbon steels
  3. Mechanical properties of high and ultrahigh-carbon steels
  4. Microstructure-property relations in high and ultrahigh-carbon steels
  5. Secondary and complementary technologies


Membership in this Industrial Associates Program is available to only those industrial companies with a solid reputation for the manufacture of quality products to which UHCS might be applied and with interest in meeting those goals described above. Membership requires a minimum annual contribution of $20,000 to the program.