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The properties and uses of mild steel

Updated March 23, 2017

Mild steel consists of iron alloyed with less than 0.3 per cent carbon, most commonly between 0.1 to 0.25 per cent. The building industry frequently uses mild steel in construction because of its ductility and malleability.

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Girders, nuts, bolts, and screws often consist of mild steel, according to the UK Technology Education Centre. Mild steel has also replaced wrought iron for railings and decorative gates.

Ductility

Ductility refers to the ability of a material to resist fracture or breakage despite changes in shape caused by bending or elongation, according to BusinessDictionary.com.

Malleability

Malleability refers to the ability of a material to resist cracking despite being twisted or bent. The malleability of mild steel also allows it to be rolled or beaten into thin sheets, according to the Business Dictionary.

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Lexa W. Lee is a New Orleans-based writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has contributed to "Central Nervous System News" and the "Journal of Naturopathic Medicine," as well as several online publications. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Reed College, a naturopathic medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and served as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology.