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Cleaning stainless steel bollard

Cleaning Stainless Steel

Stainless steels are highly corrosion resistant—however, stainless steel applications can still remain at risk to surface damage. Oxidation, corrosion, rusting, or staining can occur over the long-term in harsh environments without routine cleaning and maintenance. Repeat mechanical damage also contributes to a faster degradation of the metal. All stainless steels

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Aluminum ingots produced after aluminum casting

Aluminum and Aluminum Castings

The growing popularity of aluminum Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the world, and the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust. Aluminum contributes to more than 8% of the earth’s core mass. However, it is difficult to refine compared to other metals, such as iron. For this

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Stainless steel building

Does Stainless Steel Rust?

Will stainless steel rust? Stainless steel is armed with built-in corrosion resistance but it can and will rust in certain conditions—although not as quickly or severely as conventional steels. Stainless steels corrode when exposed to damaging chemicals, saline, grease, moisture, or heat for prolonged periods of time. Stainless steel’s protection

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Stainless steel cloud sculpture in Chicago

A Complete Guide to Stainless Steel

In this guide: How is stainless steel made? What is stainless steel made of? Types of stainless steel Stainless steel grades Mechanical properties of stainless steel A technical look – stainless steel’s molecular microstructure Care and maintenance Stainless steel is the common name for a large group of ferrous alloys

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A stack of stainless steel tubes

304 Stainless Steel versus 316 Stainless Steel

Judging by the name, you might assume that stainless steel never stains—but you’d be wrong. Stainless steel stains less easily than other iron-based metals, but it’s not literally “stainless”. Just like standard steel, stainless can get marked up by fingerprints and grease, develop discoloration, and

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Image of iron castings after production in a foundry

Cast Iron vs Cast Steel

Casting offers exceptional capacity for design detail, often eliminating the need for additional fabrication and assembly. Many materials can be cast, including several types of metals and synthetics, but iron and steel in particular feature excellent mechanical properties for a wide range of applications. While cast iron and steel may

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Stacks of cold rolled sheet steel coils

Hot Rolled vs Cold Rolled Steel

Steel comes in many grades, specifications, shapes, and finishes—the World Steel Association lists over 3,500 different grades of steel, each with unique properties. The various types mean that steel can by widely used in infrastructure, appliances, vehicles, wind turbines, and many more applications. Optimizing

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high carbon steel knives

Carbon Steel vs Stainless Steel

Steel is found in all kinds of products, from aerospace to kitchenware. Such diverse applications require a versatile material—and steel fits the bill. ‘Steel’ actually describes an entire family of metal alloys, with hundreds of application-specific grades, however most people understand steel in two broad categories: carbon steel and stainless

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Antique iron fencing made from wrought iron

Wrought Iron vs Cast Iron

People often assume that cast iron and wrought iron are interchangeable terms for early iron work, but there is a world of difference. Wrought Iron is iron that has been heated and then worked with tools. Cast Iron is iron that has been melted, poured into a mold, and allowed

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At a foundry, hot molten steel flows from a blast furnace before being cast into ingots

The Metal Casting Process

This series follows a cast iron or steel product through the metal casting process in a traditional foundry. Casting is the process of creating metal objects by pouring liquid metal into molds, where it cools and hardens into the mold’s shape. Although the premise is simple, there are many variations

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