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Altogether there are more than 2500 steel grades. All of them are alloys of iron, carbon and other elements. The main properties of steel break down into: strength, corrosion behavior, formability and weldability. The key factor in choosing a steel grade is its intended use.
Structural steel, free-machining steel, bright steel… the terms can be confusing. Basically steel can be divided into two groups: plain carbon and alloy steels. Structural steels can be plain carbon or low-alloy and are classified in various European standards (EN) according to properties and uses. Free-machining steels contain a large amount of sulfur and are known for their good machinability. Bright steel doesn’t describe the grade, only the finish.
How steel is made
Steel is made from pig iron. Depending on the manufacturing method it also contains other additives. The steel in its unfinished form has iron as its main constituent. In this condition the material is prone to rust. This is due to the carbon content, which decreases with further heating. The carbon content has a major influence on the properties of steel, such as strength.