Metal Alloys
Alloy Home
Steels
Carbon Steels
General Information
Properties
Classification
Low-Carbon
Medium-Carbon
High-Carbon
Other Grades
Resulfurized
High-Mn
H-Steels
Carbon Steel List
AISI 10xx
AISI 11xx
AISI 12xx
AISI 15xx
ASTM Steels
Resources
Bibliography
Essentials of Manufacturing

Information, coverage of important developments and expert commentary in manufacturing.

Chemical Engineering

The industry gateway for chemical engineering and plant operations.

Power Transmission

Gear drives, bearings, motors, clutches, couplings, machine controls, sensors and components.

CNC Machining Design Guide

Optimize your designs, reduce machining time, and lower your costs.

more free magazines
Definition
Low-carbon steels (AISI 1005-1026, 1108-1119, 1211-1215, and 1513-1527 ), by definition, contains less carbon than other steels and are inherently easier to cold-form due to their soft and ductile nature.

When strength is not a major concern, low-carbon steels are good choices because they are easy to handle (draw, bend, punch, swage, etc.) and fairly inexpensive. Surface hardness can be improved by a process called carburizing which involves heating the alloys in a carbon-rich atmosphere. Low-carbon steels that are usually carburized are AISI 1015, 1018, 1020, and 1117.

Glossary