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2nd Edition, November 1, 2014

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Variable Thickness Rolled Blanks (VTRB) and Tubes (VTRT) Fabricated from Sheet Steel

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  • Revision: 2nd Edition, November 1, 2014
  • Published Date: November 2014
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: General Motors Worldwide (GMW)
  • Page Count: 11
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This standard defines the requirements for variable thickness rolled blanks (VTRB) and tubes (VTRT) used in the manufacture of automotive steel parts. Variable thickness rolled blanks shall be produced from continuous cast hot or cold rolled coils/strip that are cold rolled to specific multiple thicknesses, annealed or as-rolled, and galvanized (if applicable), and then leveled and cut to specified blank sizes. Variable thickness rolled blank products shall be used for cold formed stampings and hot formed stampings. Variable thickness rolled tubes shall be manufactured from variable thickness rolled blanks that are formed into circular tubes along the longitudinal direction and joined by a laser-welded seam.

Material Description. The material designation is specifically used for variable thickness material defined by the thickness values, GMW base metal specification number, steel product type, minimum yield and/or tensile strength, coating (if applicable) and finish type. The steel product type is designated by either Cold Rolled (CR) minimum yield strength for High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) grades from GMW3032M-ST-S or minimum tensile strength/yield strength for Hot Stamped (HS) (or Hot Stamped Tube (HT)) grades from GMW14400M-ST-S. Applications of variable thickness rolled blanks shall be limited to unexposed parts.

Material Call-Outs. The list of material and coating designations shown in Table 1 are the only approved material call-outs that can be released unless Materials Engineering and the appropriate Global Sub-System Leadership Team approves.

Symbols. Not applicable.

Applicability. Typical applications for variable thickness rolled blanks include (but not limited to) body structure panels such as roof bows, cross sills, rocker panels, cross members, tunnel reinforcements, radiator support assembly tie bars, and B-pillars. Tubular applications include instrument panel cross car beams.