Use and practicality – A closer look at metal strengths

As industry forges forward we see more and more of our world being built on and around metal frames. We rely on the strength of these various metals and trust that they are going to keep their form carry the weights we impose on them.

The magic of these powerful metals rests in their various strengths, and their use will depend on where their individual strengths lie.

Let’s take a closer look at the different types of metal strengths.

Yield strength

This is measured by the amount of stress that can be applied which will result in permanent deformation of the metal.

Compressive strength

Squeezing stress on a metal can result in defects and deformation. The compressive strength measures how much a metal can take before suffering permanent damage.

Tensile strength

Much like an elastic band, the tensile strength of a metal by pulling stress to a point which will cause defects.

Impact strength

This is measured by the amount of impact energy that will cause fracture or breakage.

Shear strength

This factor comes into play when a metal endures off-axis forces which would result in fracture.

Hardness strength

This determines a metal’s ability to resist scratching or indention.

Metals and their alloys are used by various industries dependent on their strengths. For example, carbon steel is well used in construction mainly for its hardness and its strength. The qualities make it perfect for structural, weight-bearing framework.

Aluminium is not as strong and would not be used as a weight-bearing metal. However, it is used often for doors, windows and HVAC systems due to its light weight and anti-corrosive properties.

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