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Alloy Steels

An alloy steel has properties due to elements other than carbon

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An Alloy Steel is a steel with properties due to elements other than carbon like nickel, copper, chromium, and/or aluminum. These additional elements are used to influence the metal’s strength, ductility, corrosion resistance, and machinability.

The content of alloying elements exceeds one or more of the limits:

  • manganese > 1.65%
  • silicon > 0.60%
  • copper > 0.60%

In addition a definite range or a minimum quantity of

  • aluminum
  • boron
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • columbium
  • molybdenum
  • nickel
  • titanium
  • tungsten
  • vanadium
  • zirconium

may be required.

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