Rust Resistance

Water, moist room air, dirt and chemicals can react with steel and attack the material. The rust resistance indicates how strongly the material can withstand the corrosive effects of water, salt water, dirt and chemicals.

The resistance to corrosion can be increased by various alloying elements. Chromium, nickel and vanadium significantly improve the rust resistance. From a chromium content of 10,5 %, steel achieves corrosion resistance. By combining alloying elements, steel grades can be produced for use in the most harsh environments. These include among others:

  • Offshore industry: salt water and salty air
  • Nuclear power plants: Radioactive radiation
  • Food industry: salts, vinegar, acids
  • Swimming pools: Chlorine containing water
  • Chemical industry: chemicals, such as acids and bases

See also

Carbide Formation

Carbides are formed in steel from carbon and some alloying elements. They increase the hardness and strength of the steel

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Elasticity is a material property that provides information about the ability of materials to withstand stress.

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The forgeability of steel depends on the carbon content but also on various alloying elements.

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