In the vast and varying world of metals, there are three metals that stand out amongst the crowd thanks to their unique reddish hues. These metals are known as the "red metals" and make up some of the most commonly used metals in the world: copper, brass, and bronze.
How would you react if someone told you they would trade you a piece of gold for that old soda can you had hanging out in the back of the fridge?
You would probably have a good laugh, right? Well, jump back a couple hundred years to the early nineteenth-century, and the aluminum contained in that soda can of yours was once considered one of the most precious metals in the world (yes, even more so than gold)!
Believe it or not, the expression “stronger than steel” did not become a common phrase simply because it rolls off the tongue nicely. Rather, whatever it is you are comparing to this metal alloy is probably pretty darn tough.
Made from the combination of iron and carbon, as well as a variety of other elements, steel is one of the world’s most utilized materials. From our simplest tools to our most complex structures, it is everywhere around the globe - surrounding and impacting us daily.
As we sat down to write this article a year ago, no one could have foreseen the run-up in metals prices that would take place in 2018. Strong demand, coupled with the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, sent prices to historic levels.
Though things have calmed since the instatement of the 232 tariffs, there are still a lot of factors at play that makes 2019 very difficult to forecast.
The American steel industry has seen a lot over its illustrious history. From its rise following the Civil War, throughout its downfall in the latter half of the 20th century, and now during its current state with new regulations bringing about a trade war within the global market. Steel has been the backbone to innovation and the economic growth of our great nation for centuries.
Whether you are a worker in a shipyard constructing cargo ships or an artist trying to turn your latest vision into a metal masterpiece, chances are you are going to be utilizing plasma cutting at some point during the process.
What is so special about stainless steel? Can it be used everywhere carbon steel is used? Should I never use one or the other for certain tasks?
If you don't know all the differences between these two, you're not alone. We get questions about it on a regular basis. So, to help everyone out, we put together this short article. Here are some key facts about each, tips for how you can tell between them, and advice on when you should use one and not the other.
Stainless steel permeates so many aspects of American life of today. The singular properties of this metal make it well suited for a wide range of applications - especially ones where conditions are demanding. From corrosion resistant cutlery and surgical tools, to food and pharmaceutical tanks, to water-tight watch housings and tools that can handle extreme temperatures; it’s safe to say that the world would be a different place without stainless steel.
For the second part of our series on the differences between tubing and pipe, we are going to talk about measurements and wall thickness.