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 Carbon steel.
Synonyms and Related Terms
normal steel; aço carbono (Port.)
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 161
- 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, Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology, Ronald P. Frye, Kingston, Canada, 1988
- Olympus Microscopy Resource Center at http://www.olympusmicro.com/galleries/abramowitz/index.html give proportions as 0.2-0.49% carbon