"Ruoste" is the name of an EU research project that the producer of cold-rolled steel tubes and steel sections is significantly involved in. The objective of this project is to "strengthen" the market for high-strength hollow sections.
Since April of last year, Polk, head of the tube mill, and Seyr, head of quality and research, from voestalpine Krems have been responsible for a European research project whose goal is to revise the calculation rules binding the construction industry to bring them more in line with the reality of high-strength hollow sections. The “Ruoste” (rules on high strength steel) project is intended to extend knowledge beyond that which led to the safety requirements in the current EC standards. For this project, voestalpine Krems and the steel companies Ruukki and SSAB, have joined forces with research institutes RWTH Aachen (lead research institute), Lappeenranta University of Technology from Finland, Aarhus University in Denmark, a university institute in Budapest and a university institute in Sweden.
Work started in April of last year and now, one year later, self-produced tubes made of S500MC and S700MC are ready for testing. Buckling and bulge tests will be carried out in Aachen and Budapest. This project not just technically significant. It also has economical significance for the company, to make products more attractive to the user.