Medium Carbon Steel Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview
Medium carbon steel wire mesh is not often used in the wire cloth industry due to the breadth of applications where low carbon or high carbon steel wire mesh is able to adequately meet all project requirements. Primarily comprised of iron, medium carbon grades 1040, 1042, and 1045 are the most frequently used, and contain small percentages of carbon (0.37-0.5%), manganese (0.6-0.9% – which increases its strength), phosphorous (0.0-0.04%), and sulfur (0.0-0.05%). In comparison to low carbon steel, medium carbon steel has lower plasticity and toughness, and higher strength and hardness (though not as high as high carbon steel). 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 medium carbon steel wire cloth which dictate its use are:
- Medium carbon plain steel alloy.
- Higher strength & hardness, lower plasticity & toughness vs. low carbon steel.
- 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
Medium carbon steel wire mesh can be 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 can use medium carbon steel wire cloth include: