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Every steel variety’s properties depend on the ratio of iron to alloying materials, usually carbon, as well as other additives. Also, a steel’s physical properties can be changed by metal treatment processes like hot and cold rolling. Read More…

High Strength Steel High strength steel is the term given to steels that exhibit extremely high qualities of strength and corrosion resistance.
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Skokie, IL  |  847-966-3000

Block Steel Corp, ISO/TS 16949 Certified, specializes in aluminized steel and is the country’s largest aluminized steel distributor. We also stock Aluminized Stainless, Hot Dipped Galvanized, and distribute tubing.

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Bridgeport, CT  |  800-800-4422

With seven service center located between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Gibbs Interwire & Steel Co., LLC has you covered wherever you are. We are an ISO 9001:2015 Certified manufacturer and distributor of strip coil and wire. We offer our products in a wide range of metals, including stainless steel, carbon steel, nickel alloy, and red metals. Our wire can come sharpened, flat, round, spring, and square. We serve numerous industries, including automotive, consumer, medical, power, environmental, and chemical.

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Gibbs Interwire & Steel Co., LLC $$$

Bridgeport, CT  |  800-221-0340

In business since 1829, Bushwick Metals is a unique and accomplished manufacturer of stainless steel tubing. Approximately 750,000 square feet of warehouse space and round the clock loading and processing of material enables us to serve well a multitude of steel products users whose requirements demand prompt service. Visit our website or call Bushwick today – for the metal you need tomorrow.

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Bushwick Metals, Inc. $$$

Belmont, NH  |  800-654-6043

The level of customer service we provide at All Metals Industries continues to set the benchmark for excellence in our industry. Our innovative metal service center specializes in a full line of flat-rolled carbon products including HRP&O, cold rolled, galvanized, galvannealed, and aluminized steel in a wide range of gauges and sizes.

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All Metals Industries, Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  800-323-8443

ISO 9001:2001 certified, Lapham-Hickey Steel Corporation is a top US steel service center. Unlike other companies, we are more than the strength of our steel; we were built on the strength of our relationships and partnerships with our customers. Our success is a result of our commitment. We are committed to meeting or exceeding customer expectations and increasing customer satisfaction.

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Lapham-Hickey Steel Corporation $$$
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High strength steels usually feature a comparatively low carbon content, typically between 0.05 and 0.25% of the steel's mass, which allows the steel to retain qualities of weldability and formability. A long list of other elements are added to alter the properties of high strength steel; this list includes manganese, in some cases amounting to as much as 2% of the steel's mass.

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Small quantities of other elements like copper, nitrogen, nickel, chromium and even some rare earth elements may also be added to give the steel a certain quality. High strength steel is known for its high structural integrity. This steel is often used in the automotive manufacturing and transportation industries to produce parts used in the construction of cars, trains, subway cars and heavy machinery.

When high strength steel is produced with the newest manufacturing techniques, it offers reduced weight, enhanced crash performance, manufacturing process consolidation and a reduction in costs.

A combination of cold rolling and proper alloying techniques produces high strength steel. Cold rolling, which is a metal working process in which metals are forced between rollers at or near room temperature, imparts higher qualities of strength because of the compressive stress to which the process subjects metals. Before a metal can be processed, it must first be alloyed.

High strength steels are usually alloyed with elements like copper, vanadium and titanium for strengthening. Advanced and ultra high strength steels have been developed over the past two decades in the steel industry and are stronger and less heavy than ever before. But with increased hardness and tensile strength comes a common problem: tooling materials that are not sturdy enough to handle the steel cab become damaged if exposed to it.

Improperly equipped machinery can become chipped and cracked if used to process metals that are too strong. For this reason, every metalworking process should be carefully planned based on variables of metal composition and equipment capacity; this reduces the likelihood of equipment failure, product loss and even worker injury.

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