Medium carbon steel

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Medium 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. Medium carbon (normal) steel contains between 0.2-0.6% carbon. It can be easily cast and forged into many shapes and is used in construction.

See also steel carbon steel.

Synonyms and Related Terms

normal steel; ao carbono (Port.)


  • G.S.Brady, G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 161
  • Richard S. Lewis, Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996 Comment: 0.25 - 0.60 % carbon content
  • Henry Hodges, Henry Hodges, Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology, Ronald P. Frye, Kingston, Canada, 1988

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