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how to understand the chemistry of a metal.. especially steel.. from their names...?

i am working in a firm that deals with steels.. so it is necessary for me to understand the chemistry of the steels from their names so that i need not memorize all the grades with their metallury.. where can i find information about this nomenclature ? please help

Answer:

For steels with a four number code like 1020, 4140 ect the first two digits are the alloying information. I think you need to memorise those. 10 steels are plain carbon steel with no alloying. 41 steels are chrome-molly. The third and forth digits are the carbon content. 1020 is 0.2% Carbon, 4140 is 0.4% carbon. I don't know if there is a system to stainless steels.
Sep 27, 2017

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