carbon steel


carbon steel

noun

Definition of CARBON STEEL

:  a strong hard steel that derives its physical properties from the presence of carbon and is used in hand tools and kitchen utensils

First Known Use of CARBON STEEL

1903

carbon steel

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Alloy of iron and carbon in which the carbon content may range from less than 0.015% to slightly more than 2%. Adding this tiny amount of carbon produces a material that exhibits great strength, hardness, and other valuable mechanical properties. Carbon steels account for about 90% of the world's steel production. They are used extensively for automobile bodies, appliances, machinery, ships, containers, and the structures of buildings. Carbon steel, formerly made by the Bessemer, crucible, or open-hearth process, is now made by the basic oxygen process, or by an arc furnace.

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