Docol martensitic steel: extreme strength, excellent cold formability

With good ductility and tensile strengths up to 1700MPa, Docol® martensitic steel from SSAB is ideal for both vehicle lightweighting and improved crashworthiness.

    Martensitic steel basics

    To produce cold-rolled martensitic steel (aka MS or MART), a cold-rolled steel strip is fed into a continuous annealing line (CAL). In the CAL, the material is annealed, water-quenched, and tempered. The austenite formed in the CAL, when rapidly quenched, is transformed into martensite. The CAL’s tempering operation provides the ultra-high strength steel with improved ductility.

    Docol® martensitic grades have less than 2% alloying elements, providing good weldability.

    Automotive applications for martensitic steels

    Battery protection - Docol AHSS can help to ensure the strongest protection with the lowest possible weight – and cost-efficiently

    Battery protection

    Docol applications sill reinforcement

    Sill reinforcements

    roof reinforcement with docol steel

    Roof reinforcement

    Docol applications door/side intrusion beams

    Door/side intrusion beams

    Docol applications bumpers and reinforcement beams


    Docol applications seat structures

    Seat structures

    DOCOL 1700M

    Our strongest martensitic steel – now in use

    Cold-rolled Docol 1700M steel from SSAB is an eco-friendly, pound-for-pound alternative to aluminum for lightweight components used in passive safety systems. Due to Docol martensitic steel’s ductility, critical safety components are now being fabricated using cost- and energy-efficient cold forming processes.

    For example, Shape Corp. uses 3D roll-forming to create lighter, more compact, and stronger A-pillars and roof rail tubes in Docol martensitic 1700MPa. Designed for the Ford 2020 Explorer and 2020 Escape, these key safety components increase driver visibility, interior space, and air bag placement optimization.

    Docol 1700 martensitic is the material of choice for ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) applications, including side impact beams, bumpers, structural components, and EV battery enclosures. Docol design specialists can provide stimulated crash performance data on several optimized 1700MPa profiles, as well as simulations for many of our other martensitic grades: Docol 900M, 1100M, 1200M, 1300M, 1400M and 1500M.

    Grades and mechanical properties for Docol martensitic steel

    For best weight reduction, use higher grades with reduced thicknesses. Corrosion-resistant martensitic grades: electrogalvanized (EG) coatings are available on Docol 900M, Docol 1100M, Docol 1200M, Docol 1300M, Docol 1400M, and Docol 1500M. All Docol martensitic steel grades are available cold rolled (CR); Docol 1200M is available both cold rolled and hot rolled (HR). For more details, please download the data sheets listed below.
    Docol 900M UC, EG; T: 0.5–2.1 mm
    W: Up to 1530 mm
    Docol 1100M UC, EG T: 0.5–2 mm
    W: Up to 1530 mm
    Docol 1200M UC, EG T: 0.5–4 mm
    W: Up to 1530 mm
     Docol 1300M  UC, EG T: 0.5–2.1 mm
    W: Up to 1530 mm
    Docol 1400M UC, EG T: 0.5–2.1 mm
    W: Up to 1530 mm
    Docol 1500M UC, EG T: 0.5–2.1 mm
    W: Up to 1530 mm
    Docol 1700M UC

    T: 1.0–2.1
    W: Up to 1250 mm

     VDA 239:100:2016

    Forming Docol martensitic steel

    • Excellent cold formability for bending, roll-forming, and stamping at room temperatures.
    • Quite good drawability and good edge-stretching and hole-expansion properties.
    • Good weldability, including resistance spot welding and laser welding.
    • Docol® martensitic steel grades are highly consistent — in their mechanical properties — avoiding stresses that can lead to unwanted or unexpected springback.
    For specific forming guidance for your martensitic steel automotive component, please contact our Technical Support.
    Docol has excellent cold formability

    Are you looking for OEM specific grades?

    Are you looking for OEM specific grades?

    Docol® steel grades can be supplied according to OEM or VDA standards. And, in close cooperation with automotive OEMs, we often develop innovative AHSS steels that are customized for a specific car application. If we don’t list a specific grade that you need, contact our technical support for more information.

    Additional benefits from Docol martensitic steel

    • Superior fatigue properties for all vehicles: BEV, ICE or hybrid.
    • Seven high-strength grades: 900MPa, 1100MPa, 1200MPa, 1300MPa, 1400MPa, 1500MPa and 1700MPa.
    • Grades are available to meet OEM-specific standards and certifications.
    • Electrogalvanized (EG) corrosion resistance available on request.
    • Global availability and support. All grades listed are now commercially available.

    The benefits of Docol® martensitic steel for each team member

    Safety engineers: Create new anti-intrusion zones (e.g., for BEV battery packs) and optimize the space utilization of existing zones (e.g., passenger compartments).

    Lightweighting engineers: Leverage the extreme steel strength and aluminum-like weight of martensitic steel.

    Production engineers: Use familiar cold forming operations (bending, stamping, roll-forming) and exciting new operations, like 3D roll-forming, on a UHSS steel.

    Procurement officers: Realize major cost reductions — with no performance penalty — by replacing aluminum with Docol martensitic steel. (And reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.)

    Sustainability officers: Lower the embedded CO2 in your materials and improve your life cycle assessment with our “future-proofed” Docol martensitic steels.

    Lower your embedded CO2

    Docol martensitic steel is "future-proofed".


    Try it for yourself

    With our Trial Material Stock Center, you can get AHSS samples for most of our commercially available steels – as well as samples for our newest but not yet commercially released grades. Unique to the industry, we ship coils, sheets and custom lengths of any size. In 1 to 2 weeks, your material is ready for dispatch to anywhere in the world.

    Martensitic stainless steel and Docol® steel offering

    Martensitic stainless steels are alloyed with 12–16 % chromium and 0,1–1,2 % carbon. Martensitic stainless steel properties include moderate corrosion resistance and high hardness and are used, for example, in applications like knives and scissors.

    Docol® martensitic steel grades produced by SSAB are “carbon steel” martensitic grades with only 2–3 % alloying elements and are therefore not stainless. SSAB's goals for its automotive Docol® martensitic steels include high tensile strengths in combination with good drawability, good edge stretching properties and good weldability.