Low carbon steel
Steel is an alloy of iron with a small percentage of carbon. The amount of carbon present changes the iron from a soft easily worked metal into an extremely hard brittle metal. Low carbon also called mild or soft steel contains less than 0.3% carbon. It will work well when heated to redness and can be easily cast. Soft steel is used in construction and as a substitute for wrought iron.
See also carbon steel.
Synonyms and Related Terms
low-carbon steel; ingot iron; soft steel; mild steel; cast steel; structural steel; acier à basse teneur en carbone (Fr.); laag koolstof staal (Ned.); aço carbono (Port.)
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