What are uses of low carbon steel?

Steel is the most commonly used metal in the world. But steel isn’t just one product alone. There are various types of alloy steels depending on the composition of the elements. There are high carbon steels, medium carbon steels, stainless steels and low carbon steels, in particular mild steel.

This is a low carbon steel with approximately 0.3% carbon content, which ensures it’s neither too brittle nor extremely ductile. Somewhere in the middle, which is a good balance and explains why you’ll find it in use almost anywhere.

This metal is so versatile, with low costs attached, due to the easy manufacturing processes, it’s become one of the most popular metals for various everyday jobs and uses, from agriculture to the heavy machinery industry.

There are several applications of low carbon, seen around the world in everyday life.

Available from reputable metal suppliers, here are a few examples using low alloy steel:

Steel Frame Buildings

Chosen for its unique structural properties, low carbon steel has good enough strength for building frames in construction projects. It meets seismic and wind requirements, cannot be damaged by insects and is impervious to rot and fire.

Machinery Parts

Steel in its most basic form, is a combination of two elements; carbon and iron. Depending on the ratio of the two, different levels of strength, ductility and hardness can be achieved. This malleable material is favoured for machine part manufacturing, lending itself well to steel sheet in car body panels. Due to low amounts of carbon, the steel can be pressed, molded, shaped and worked without breaking.


The majority of everyday cookware, especially knives, is made from stainless steel. There is however, a market for carbon steel cookware. Lowcarbon steel, in particular has the advantage that it doesn’t rust, plus it can hold an edge and stay sharper for longer. It also has a higher temperature limit and is essentially a non-stick material once treated. This style of cookware does require more TLC but for the more astute chef, it can offer higher levels of performance.


Galvanised plain carbon steel tubes are extremely popular for use as poles and piles due to their exceptional ductility. Essential materials if you’re looking to withstand the weather and harsh environments. Steel pipelines are the metal of choice for water transportation, natural gases and even beer. Pipes can be easily welded into place. But with enough flex to avoid either cracking or breaking under pressure. In cold climates, they can be insulated to aid performance. This will ensure either cold or hot water cycling in the pipe travels and doesn’t create any structural problems.

Metal Gates / Fencing

With the assistance of machining and welding, this steel alloy can achieve aesthetically pleasing metal gating or fencing. It’s a desirable material for this type of application as it is both strong and difficult to break. It can even be painted to deliver a longer-lasting and low maintenance finish. With a galvanised finish, the extra zinc coating will protect and prevent corrosion.

Either by hand or machine, it can be easily forged into various shapes to meet even the most intrinsic designs.

Aluminium Warehouse are one of the UK’s biggest metal suppliers. Stockholders of a wealth of materials with different amounts carbon. In the range you’ll find low alloy steels, medium-carbon steel and higher-carbon steels.

If you need any of these key metals in a hurry, we have our own fleet of transport and a reliable courier service who can deliver a speedy service.

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