Low Carbon Steel Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview

Low carbon steel wire mesh is the most common plain steel alloy used in manufacturing industrial wire cloth screens due to its tensile strength and high impact resistance. Primarily comprised of iron, low carbon grades 1005, 1006, and 1008 are the most frequently used, and contain small percentages of carbon (0.0-0.1%), manganese (0.0-0.5% – which increases its strength), phosphorous (0.0-0.04%), and sulfur (0.0-0.05%). Low abrasion resistance and 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 low carbon steel wire cloth which dictate its wide use are:

  • Low carbon plain steel alloy.
  • Relatively low cost and high strength material.
  • 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

Low carbon steel wire mesh is used across a wide array of various industries and applications due to its relatively low cost and high strength. Some of the industries and applications which commonly use low carbon steel wire cloth include:

  • Agricultural
  • Architectural & Artistic
  • Building & Construction
  • Cabinetry & Furniture
  • Cages & Enclosures
  • Fan Guards
  • Filtration & Particle Separation Disks
  • Fireplace Screen
  • Fuel Industries
  • Heat Treatment
  • Hydraulic Applications
  • Railing & Guardrail Infill Panels
  • Mining & Quarrying
  • Oil Strainers
  • Safety Fencing & Machine Guards
  • Security & Prison
  • Window Guards
  • Wine Lockers

Common Aliases

Low carbon steel is also commonly referred to as:

  • Mild Steel
  • Plain Steel
  • UNS G10050, UNS G10060, UNS G10080, UNS G10180
  • C1005 Steel, C1006 Steel, C1008 Steel, C1018 Steel

Low Carbon Steel Wire Mesh – Typical Chemistry

Low Carbon Steel Wire Mesh - Typical Chemistry
1005 Steel
ASTM A510Min0000
SAE J403Min0000
1006 Steel
ASTM A510Min00.2500
SAE J403Min00.2500
1008 Steel
ASTM A510Min00.300
SAE J403Min00.300
1018 Steel
ASTM A510Min0.150.600

Typical Standards

Low Carbon Steel Wire Cloth – Harmonized Tariff Codes: Chapter 73

Woven Steel Wire Mesh:

  • 7314190100

Welded Steel Wire Mesh:

  • 3.937″+ Center-to-Center AND .1181″+ Wire Diameter: 7314200000
  • <3.937″ Center-to-Center OR <.1181″ Wire Diameter: 7314390000

Extensive Stock Inventory & Manufacture-to-Order Capability

Phoenix Wire Cloth carries one of the largest stock inventories of both woven and welded low carbon steel wire mesh, bolting cloth, milling cloth, and filter cloth in the United States, and can manufacture-to-order any combination of mesh opening size + wire diameter(s) needed to meet your specific project requirements.  In addition, we can slit, cut, punch, form, heat treat, powder coat, etc. low carbon steel wire mesh to deliver the exact material you require.

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