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Mild steel is a type of carbon steel with a low amount of carbon. It is actually also known as “low carbon steel.”
Although ranges vary depending on the source, the amount of carbon typically found in mild steel is 0.05% to 0.25% by weight. Whereas higher carbon steels are typically described as having a carbon content from 0.30% to 2.0%. If any more carbon than that is added, the steel would be classified as cast iron.
Less carbon means that the steel is typically more ductile, machinable, and weldable than high carbon and other steels. This however also means it is nearly impossible to harden and strengthen through heating and quenching. The low carbon content also means it has very little carbon and other alloying elements to block dislocations in its crystal structure, generally resulting in less tensile strength than high carbon and alloy steels.
The carbon steel’s affordability, weldability, and machinability that make it such a popular choice of steel for consumers.
Mild Steel is typically available as either hot rolled or cold rolled steel. Click here to learn about the differences between the two.
For more information on what mild steel is, how it is made and typical applications – click here
Metal Supermarkets offers a variety of shapes and grades of mild steel, cut to the size you need, including: Hot and Cold Rolled, Commercial Quality, Galvanized, 1018, 1020, 1026, 1020/1026, CR 1045, HR 1045, 12L14, CR 1215 and Structural (Welded).
Select from one of the available shapes below to get started with your order. Or contact your closest store for assistance with metal sourcing.
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