Difference Between Mild Steel and Stainless Steel

Steel is a very important material that is widely used in various industries such as the construction industry, manufacturing industries, etc.

Stell is used to manufacturing machines, tool others things such as reinforcement bars.

In this article, I will describe the difference between mild steel and stainless steel.

First we will get brief idea about mild steel and stainless steel.

Mild Steel:

Mild steel contains low carbon content. It is also known as low carbon steel. Carbon ranges between 0.05 % to 0.25 %.

Stainless Steel:

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. It contains 10.5% chromium, less than 1.2 % carbon, and other alloying elements.

Stainless steel is corrosion resistant and it doesn’t often rust or scratch. Some other mechanical properties can be added by mixing other elements, such as nickel, molybdenum, titanium, niobium, manganese, etc.

Difference Between Mild Steel and Stainless Steel:

Mild SteelStainless Steel
Mild steel contains 0.05 % to 0.25 % carbon.Stainless Steel contains 1.2 % carbon.
It can corrode.It is more resistant to corrosion
It posses high malleability.It posses less malleability 
It contains very little chromium.Stainless steel contains 10.5% chromium.
Mild steel is less durable.It is more durable.
It is more ductile.It is less ductile.
It is cheap.It is very expensive.
It looks dull.It looks very bright.


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