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Differences Between Carbon Steel And Stainless Steel

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Stainless Steel Wire Mesh

If you need wire mesh for fencing or containment purposes, you have a lot of choices in finding the perfect mesh for your needs.  One of the most important decisions to make is what type of metal will be used.  Most of the time, you’ll be looking at either carbon steel or stainless steel wire mesh. What’s the difference?  It boils down to the differences between carbon steel and stainless steel.  

Carbon Steel vs Stainless-Steel Wire Mesh

From a physical standpoint, the two products are quite similar. Steel is, of course, primarily an alloy of iron and carbon. Stainless steel also includes chromium, whereas carbon steel has an overall higher percentage of carbon in its makeup. This leads to several major differences.


1. Corrosion Resistance

The purpose of the chromium in stainless steel is to increase its resistance to corrosion.  The iron in steel will always be susceptible to oxidation – rusting – but the chromium creates an outer layer that helps capture oxygen before it reaches the iron.  This turns into a layer of chromium oxide, which is harmless. Carbon steel has very little resistance to rust, so it needs to either be kept out of the elements or independently coated in something to add resistance.

Stainless Steel Wire Mesh

 Stainless Steel Wire Mesh

2. Strength

Discussing the tensile strength of these products is a bit tricky because there are many different grades available. As a broad generalization, stainless steel tends to be a bit softer and easier to work with than carbon steel, while carbon steel tends to be stronger.  Stainless steel is also generally more ductile than carbon steel, so it’s easier to spin stainless steel into thinner wires for meshes. So, you’re more likely to see large-gauge carbon steel mesh, and smaller-gauge stainless steel wire mesh.  


3. Appearance

Stainless steel is usually considered to be the more attractive of the two options, with a pleasing metallic shine. Also, it can be scratched without losing its luster – or its corrosion protection. Carbon steel is more commonly used in applications where it’s out of view, and it shows damage more easily as well.

Stainless Steel Wire Mesh

 Stainless Steel Wire Mesh

Stainless Steel Wire Mesh Application:

Since our woven wire mesh is extremely versatile and easy to install, they can be used in a variety of applications. Examples of common applications include:


1. Used in Acid, Alkali environment screening mesh and filtration filter

2. For a slurry net Petroleum industry

3. Chemical fiber industry

4. Filtering liquid and gas

5. Used for Mechanical accessory security etc.


Milesen has become specialized wire mesh manufacture and mesh solution provider .98% of products has been exported to oversea markets mainly in Asian Pacific Markets and some European countries.


Woven mesh is our main products, including stainless steel woven mesh, Epoxy Coated mesh, galvanized woven mesh ,Brass Mesh and Mesh Further Fabricated Items: Slitting mesh & mesh discs. To discuss our product lines and material options, welcome to contact us today or request a quote.

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