High Carbon Steel Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview
High carbon steel wire mesh is the second most common steel alloy used in manufacturing industrial wire cloth screens due to its resistance to abrasion, shock and heavy loads. Primarily comprised of iron, high carbon grades 1055, 1060, and 1070 are the most frequently used, and contain small percentages of carbon (0.5-0.75%), manganese (0.6-0.9% – which increases its strength), phosphorous (0.0-0.04%), and sulfur (0.0-0.05%). Low corrosion resistance may limit usage in certain applications, however a wide variety of special protective coatings may be applied to improve resistance. Galvanizing (before or after) is the most economical way to protect against corrosion. Alternatively, a protective tin coating is often used on mud grade screens (tinned mill). In addition, steel wire cloth can be protected with epoxy coatings, PVC/vinyl coatings, and our electrostatic application of powder coating. Some characteristics of high carbon steel wire cloth which dictate its wide use are:
- High carbon steel alloy.
- Relatively low cost and high strength material.
- Allows for longer screen life vs. low carbon steel wire cloth (experiences embrittlement later in life).
- Magnetic in all conditions.
- Not corrosion resistant; rusts in most atmospheric environments.
- Protective coatings can be applied to improve resistance.
- Can be cut, formed, and welded.
Industries & Applications
High carbon steel wire mesh is primarily used in wire cloth screens where resistance to abrasion, shock and heavy loads is essential. These screens are ideal for sizing, sorting and separating stone, gavel, coal and other abrasive materials. Our high carbon steel screens are currently in use on vibrating machines throughout the United States and other countries around the globe.