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Silicon Steel

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Silicon Steel

A name given to a class of steels containing silicon in amounts up to 15%. Silicon alloyed with steel gives a metal of great soundness and toughness, since it is a powerful deoxidiser and removes gases and oxides from steel, thus rendering the metal free from "blebs" and blowholes.
Steels containing up to 2% of silicon are sound internally and elastic. With 4% silicon, the steel becomes stiffer, whilst steels having silicon content of 5% and upwards are not forgeable.
Silicon steel has a good tensile strength but a rather low resistance to impact. With higher silicon contents the steel becomes acid-resisting, and is employed a great deal on this account.

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