4. 1. Carbon, Microalloy and Alloy Steels

There are hundreds of steels that range in carbon content from approximately 0.06% to 1.5%. Many contain metallic alloying elements, such as manganese, chromium and molybdenum, ranging from trace amounts to approximately 9%. Virtually all can be readily forged. There are three groups within the general classification of "steels": carbon steels, microalloyed (MA) steels and alloy steels. Stainless steels have distinctly different properties, and are generally recognized as a separate group. Forging grades use the AISI or SAE grade designation systems. Tool steels also fit into the alloy steel family.

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There are hundreds of steels that range in carbon content from approximately 0.06% to 1.5%. Many contain metallic alloying elements, such as manganese, chromium and molybdenum, ranging from trace amounts to approximately 9%. Virtually all can be readily forged. There are three groups within the general classification of "steels": carbon steels, microalloyed (MA) steels and alloy steels. Stainless steels have distinctly different properties, and are generally recognized as a separate group. Forging grades use the AISI or SAE grade designation systems. Tool steels also fit into the alloy steel family.

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