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Ferrous Alloy

Last updated: March 20, 2017

What Does Ferrous Alloy Mean?

A ferrous alloy is a metal whose composition contains mostly iron. Although the majority of its chemical makeup is iron, a wide variety of alloying elements can be added to give it the mechanical and chemical characteristics that are required.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Ferrous Alloy

Ferrous alloys were widely used as early as 1200 BCE, and continue to be used in a wide variety of applications. Some common ferrous alloys include:

  • Carbon steel is used in structural applications.
  • Stainless steel is a type of ferrous alloy that has high amounts of chromium added to enhance its resistance to corrosion.
  • Alloy steel is often used in tooling and in applications that require high strength.
  • Cast iron is often used in applications subject to wear because its high hardness provides it with excellent wear resistance.
  • Wrought iron is relatively low in hardness and strength; it is used often for decorative purposes.
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