What is the difference between stainless steel and mild steel
Steel is a term that covers a huge variety of different metals and can be clearly separated into 2 products supplied by thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Ltd – namely stainless steel and mild steel. Although both the terms stainless and mild cover a whole group of different metals themselves, there are a few key characteristics that separate the two.
Mild steel vs stainless steel
Main alloying element
This is the main factor that distinguishes mild steel from stainless steel. Mild steel is alloyed using carbon whereas stainless steel has chromium as its alloying element. The 2 different alloys produce very different results in corrosion resistance, malleability and ease of fabrication and cost.
It is this key difference that separates the 2 different kinds of steel.