Steel info: What is steel?

May 6, 2016


Steel info: What is steel?

On a daily basis everyone uses this material . I know what you thinking, you thinking when and how? Well don’t stop reading.

Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon containing carbon and manganese and small amounts of silicon, phosphorus, sulphur and oxygen, by Wikipedia. An alloy is a mixture or solid solution composed of a metal and other elements. I think the most important engineering and construction material is steel. Well there are different types, but i want us to chat about stainless steel.Stainless steel

Stainless steel is the in thing. This was developed early in the 20th century when it was discovered that a certain amount of the metal chromium added to ordinary steel gave it a bright shiny gloss and made it highly resistant to rusting.

Coated steel: Is ordinary steel that has been painted or sprayed to give it the shiny gloss look. Not all stainless steel have the same shine or shade, reason being they are made and finished differently but the qualities are the same.

It has been discovered that stainless steel had more valuable properties which make it suitable for vast range of diverse uses. Almost everything that we use is either made from, or manufactured with steel. It’s found in our homes- cutlery, dishes, kitchen sinks, cookware, garden equipment, furniture etc. In your city- escalators, subway trains, telephone booths etc. last but not least in industries- equipment for the manufacture of food products, chemical tankers etc.

Did you know?
“Unlike many industries and engineering materials, stainless steel can be re-melted over and over again at each stage of the cycle without any loss of quality. It is 100% recyclable” by Team stainless.

Beside all of the descriptions, I am interested at how these products help meet society’s needs. Steel contributes to society through different channels. This industry employs more than two million people directly around the world, with a further 2 million contractors and 4 million in supporting industries according to Worldsteel association.


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