Performance in an application is the ultimate test of a material. There are many grades of steel, generally referred to as low-carbon, medium carbon and alloy steel. Dura-Bar has two primary grades of ductile that can be considered as a replacement for most carbon steel applications and some alloy steel grades.
Dura-Bar 65-45-12 – An excellent replacement for low-carbon leaded steels as well as rephosphorized and resulfurized free machining grades, including: 1010, 1018, 1020, 1212, 12L14 and 1215. Dura-Bar 80-55-06 – Less machinable than 65-45-12, but has better wear resistance and higher strengths. A good replacement for medium-carbon steels including: 1040, 1045, 1060, 1141 and 1144.
Dura-Bar excels in applications involving:
- Thermal Conductivity (Heat transfer)
- Vibrations and Noise
- Fatigue Strength
- Lead Free Material ( No extra chip or coolant disposal costs, environmentally safer)
- High Pressure
And in applications where processing includes:
- Drilling and Tapping
- Heat treating
- Surface treatments - plating, oxidizing, etc.
Most grades of material have differences in some mechanical or physical properties. These attributes are often measured in different ways and many are not important in a given application. All these factors can complicate a material decision.
Request a Steel Alternative Kit. The kit will contain brochures and tech briefs with product and technical information.