Everything You Need To Know About Mild Steel

10 August 2020

What is Mild Steel?

There are many different types and grades of steel out there, each having its own specific applications in a wide range of industries. Mild Steel is just one of these, and is used in a wide range of applications across numerous sectors.

Mild Steel is a common form of low-carbon steel which generally contains between 0.05 and 0.25 percent carbon. Mild Steel is not an alloy steel and therefore does not contain any additional materials such as Chromium or Molybdenum which add more specific properties.

Properties of Mild Steel

Mild Steel has numerous properties that make it a beneficial material to work with:

Ductility - Mild Steel is very ductile compared to other types of steel, allowing it to be used for a wide range of purposes.

Weldability - The low carbon content of Mild Steel makes it more malleable, therefore making it easier to weld than other steels.

Magnetic - Mild Steel is high in iron and ferrite, making it highly magnetic.

Cost Effectiveness - Mild Steel is considerably cheaper than some other steel materials, making it a cost-effective solution in some applications.


Mild Steel is a versatile material to work with due to its high ductility, weldability and strength. It is used in a wide range of applications including:

Pipe & Fittings - Due to the excellent ductility and weldability of Mild Steel, it is often used for pipework. It is also flexible, which helps to prevent cracking.

Construction - Mild Steel beams are very strong, making them ideal for steel frame construction.

Machinery - Mild Steel's malleability makes it a suitable material for use in machinery, for example in vehcile body parts.

Gates and Fencing - As well as being flexible, Mild Steel is difficult to break. This makes is an ideal material for fences and gates, where it may need to be bent into shape. It can also be painted or coated to protected against corrosion and give it the desired finish.

FWB carries a wide range of Mild Steel product in a variety of profiles. To find out more about our range of steel product, click here.