Carbon steel plates are made from an alloy comprised of iron and carbon. They are one of the most commonly used steels in the United States. Alloy steels can contain a variety of elements including chromium, nickel, and vanadium. According to The American Iron and Steel Institute, Steel can be defined as a carbon steel when no minimum content is specified or required for chromium, cobalt, columbium, molybdenum, nickel, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, zirconium, or any other element that would be used to achieve an alloying effect. We are experts at supplying carbon steel and are a leading carbon steel sheet, plate vendor.
For individual elements there is a minimum percentage that must not be exceeded:
Copper must not exceed 0.40 percent
Manganese must not exceed 1.65 percent
Silicon must not exceed 0.60 percent
Carbon steel contain up to 2% of their total alloying elements and can be divided into either low-carbon steels, medium carbon steels, high-carbon steels, and ultrahigh carbon steels.
Low-carbon steels contain up to 0.30 percent carbon. The largest category for low-carbon steel includes carbon steel sheets, which are flat-rolled products. These are typically used in automobile body parts, tin plates, and wire products.
Medium-carbon steels have carbon ranges from 0.30 to 0.60 percent. Steel plates are used primarily in gears, axles, shafts, and forging. Medium-carbon steels that are 0.40 percent to 0.60 percent carbon are used as a material for railways.
High-carbon steels contain 0.60 to 1.00 percent carbon. The usage of carbon steel sheets can be for strong wiring, spring material, and cutting.