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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 mild 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.
Mild Steel’s affordability, weldability, and machinability that make it such a popular choice of steel for consumers.
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