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Carbon Steel

Last updated: April 9, 2019

What Does Carbon Steel Mean?

Carbon steel is a common type of steel that is an alloy of iron and carbon. It has a higher carbon content, lower melting point and greater durability compared to stainless steel.

Carbon steel is the most widely used engineering and construction material for industrial applications on a large scale, including marine structures, power plants, transportation, chemical processing and petroleum production and refining.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Carbon Steel

Carbon steel has high tensile strength and hardness but is significantly more prone to corrosion.

Carbon steel may contain a range of carbon concentrations from 0.01% to 1.5% in a given alloy. This variation results in different types of carbon steel:

  • Low carbon or mild steel: 0.25% carbon concentration
  • Medium carbon steel: 0.25% to 0.70% carbon concentration
  • High carbon steel: 0.7% to 1.5% carbon concentration
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