How Does Carbon Content Affect Steel?
Steel is an alloy of the elements iron and carbon. The majority of steels contain between 0% and 1% carbon, with the exception of some tool steels that contain greater amounts. There are typically three categories of steels: low carbon, medium carbon, and high carbon steels. The amount of carbon present in the steel affects the material’s toughness and hardenability. Want a simple explanation of how carbon influences the mechanical properties of different steels? Ryan Van Dyke, one of our metallurgists, explains the relationship in this installment of the Paulo Metallurgy Minute.Watch Now