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Steel Characteristics

There are ten principal characteristics that customers consider when buying steel. These characteristics are controlled by the addition / elimination of various elements in the steel making process. The effects of various elements on steel are discussed here by considering the elements individually. In practice, however, the effect of any particular element will often depend on the quantities of other elements also present in the steel. For example, the total effect of a combination of alloying elements on the hardenability of steel is usually greater than the sum of their individual contributions. The ten characteristics are: strength, hardness, hardenability, machinability, toughness, ductility, weldability, fatigue resistance, wear resistance and corrosion resistance.

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