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Advantages and Disadvantages of Carbon Steel Plate
 Uses of carbon steel plate
Carbon steel plate is one of the most commonly used steel materials. It can be found in many industries such as general manufacturing, light industry, construction, automobiles, transportation, energy, etc. It is easy to fabricate and relatively cheap in price, making it popular in many different countries.
 Advantages of carbon steel plate
- Robust Construction: Carbon steel plate, has a higher concentration of carbon than other types of steel, generally between 0.02%-2.11%, which can solidify the metal’s interior structure and enhance its strength. As the percentage of carbon gets larger, the steel will become harder.
- Good Mechanical Properties: Carbon plate can be cut, welded, or processed easily due to its good abrasion resistance and machinability. While carbon steel can still stress and break under pressure, it’s less likely than with other types of steel.
- Various Specifications: Carbon steel plate is available in a wide selection of thicknesses, sizes, grades, and types.
- Wide Applications: This material can be used in many applications, from small household items to structural frames, wires, automobile components, surgical instruments, bolts, stampings, cranks, gears, bars, spring steel, railway tracks, cookware, pipelines, fencing, nails, etc.
- Affordability: It is cheaper than galvanised steel, galvalume steel, aluminium, or stainless steel, making it a popular metal used by many manufacturing companies.
Disadvantages of carbon steel plate =
There are some disadvantages of carbon steel plate:
- The increase in carbon content has two effects: increasing strength and decreasing plasticity of steel. Therefore, high carbon steel plates can be difficult to work with. It can’t be easily bent or molded into different shapes, thus limiting its utility in certain applications.
- Corrosion protection performance is not good. Carbon steel is more susceptible to rust and corrosion when exposed to moisture and oxygen. This is because it has no protective coating on its surface. Carbon steel products can be galvanised for higher corrosion resistance. In view of this, some manufacturers use it as substrate for galvanised and galvalume steel products.
- Cast iron.
- Concrete-steel composite structures.
- Galvanised steel.
- Major cast metal components.
- Metal fabrication.
- Metal roofing.
- Stainless steel.
- Stainless steel vs. galvanised steel.
- Structural steelwork.
- Super-strength steel structures.
- Types of metal.
- Types of steel.
- Weathering steel.
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