High carbon steel, light micrograph

High carbon steel, light micrograph

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Caption: High carbon steel. Light micrograph of a thin section of high carbon steel. This sample contains 0.8% carbon by weight alloyed with iron. The metal has a pearlite structure, with alternating layers of ferrite and cementite. High carbon steel is very strong but brittle. It is used for cutting tools, high-strength wires and springs.

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Keywords: alloy, brittle, cementite, chemical, chemistry, ferrite, high carbon steel, iron, light micrograph, light microscope, metal, metallurgy, pearlite structure, strong

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