What to Know About Steel

Do you need steel for your next major project, but have no idea which type to get? The Youtube channel, Metal Supermarkets, talks about different types of carbon steel products and their specifics.

Carbon steel is defined by the amount of carbon in each grade. For example, low-grade carbon steel has a range of 0.

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04% to 0.3% carbon content. This grade is commonly used for tubes, bars, sheets, and structural beams. Different elements can be added depending on the work. For example, adding more carbon and some manganese will provide great structural support for buildings.

With 0.31% to 0.6% carbon content, medium carbon steel also has 0.6% to 1.56% manganese added to it. This grade is hardened and tempered. While making it stronger than low grade, cutting it is more difficult.

Carbon tool steel, or high carbon steel, has 0.61% to 1.5% carbon. It becomes extremely hard and brittle after heat treatment. Even though it’s one of the hardest grades of carbon steel, it’s exceptionally difficult to bend, weld, or cut. When it comes to steel, know your grade. Also, know what kind of project you’ll be doing, and what kind of steel is best.