Stainless steel is available in many different alloys that incorporate several different elements, but the essential components are iron, carbon and chromium. Low-carbon steel with at least 12-percent chromium forms an e... More » Science Chemistry

Depending on the composition of the stainless steel, a magnet may or may not stick to it. Stainless steels are alloyed steels containing iron, carbon and other components. The iron is strongly magnetic, but the other com... More » Science Physics Magnetism

According to U.K. metals stockholder Aalco, stainless steel production includes the alloying of iron with carbon, manganese, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, nitrogen, copper, titanium, phosphorus, sulphur, selenium, niobiu... More » Science Chemistry Atoms & Molecules
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