Mild Steel Engineering Project worked on by MJS for a House Extension in Oxfordshire 01

Mild steel is also referred to as plain-carbon steel and is one of the more common core materials in structural engineering construction because it is cost effective and has material properties that are useful in many applications. It is very commonly used when a large quantity of steel is required, such as for structural steel.

Girders, bolts, nut, and screws are often made from this low carbon steel (it contains less than 0.3% carbon) and in many cases it is used as a substitute for wrought iron in decorative railings and gates.Mild Steel Engineering: Nuts & Bolts

Mild steel is very ductile, which means that it can take the stress of being bent or stretched without fracturing or breaking. From an engineering standpoint, this is a very important property for core materials because they must be able to withstand a high amount of stress. In structures such as tall buildings, which will actually sway, the ability of the core materials to withstand significant amounts of stress is imperative to the safety of the occupants.

Another very important property that makes mild steel one of the more desirable core materials is its malleability. Where ductility refers to the core material resisting breakage under tensile stress, malleability is its ability to be deformed under compressive stress without breakage. Compressive stress usually comes in the form of rolling or hammering the core materials into thin sheets. As compared to other types of steel, mild steel is an ideal material for welding because it can conduct an electric current without marring the surface of the metal.

In the engineering stage of the building process, core materials such as mild steel are strong enough to provide the structural stability that is necessary to comply with safety standards while still remaining cost effective to use. Its ductility and malleability mean that it can be used in many innovative as well as creative applications without the worry that the overall strength of the material will be undermined.

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