The Wonderful Alloys of Steel


Manganese, nickel, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, and silicon are the most common alloys in steel. Other alloys include aluminum, boron, cobalt, cerium, lead, cooper, titanium, niobium, zinc, tin, zirconium, and tungsten. Each added component improves the mechanistic properties of steel. Some alloys of steel are hardened by heat treatment. Other alloys of steel are cast and do not respond to heat treatment, so they have a grade based on mechanistic properties. Cast stainless steel is more useful in harsh environments.

Common Alloys of Steel

The common alloys of steel chromium, manganese, and nickel resist corrosion so these alloys make stainless steel. Molybdenum, vanadium, and silicon change the structure of the steel on a molecular basis.

Low-Alloy Steel

High-strength low-alloy steel resists corrosion and has specific mechanical properties. It has a lighter strength-to-weight ratio than carbon steel, so it is used for projects where lower structural weight is important.

High-Alloy Steel

High-alloy steel is used in areas with are subjected to liquids. it is also used in caustic environment because it has a high corrosion resistance. It is used in chemical processing industries.

Steel Production

Richard Dewson worked as a welder, in a steel foundry, and even fashioned artwork from steel for public displays. Over the course of many years, he learned about steel production and properties of different steel.

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