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Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels, and High-Performance Alloys

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ASM Handbook Committee
ASM Handbook Committee
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ASM International
Volume
1
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-161-0
Publication date:
1990
Book Chapter

Steel Wire

By
Allan B. Dove
Allan B. Dove
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Consultant
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Published:
1990
Page range:
277 - 288

Abstract

This article begins with an overview of steel wire configurations and sizes followed by a discussion on various wiremaking practices. The wiredrawing operation is discussed, including cleaning, die design, use of lubricants and welds, finishes, coating, and thermal treatments. Metallic coatings can be applied to wire by various methods, including hot dip processes, electrolytic process, and metal cladding by rolling metallic strip over the wire. These wires are normally grouped into broad usage categories. These categories, as well as some items in each category, are described in the article under their quality descriptions or commodity names. These include low-carbon steel wire for general usage, wire for structural applications, wire for packaging and container applications, wire for prestressed concrete, wire for electrical or conductor applications, rope wire, mechanical spring wire for general use, wire for fasteners, mechanical spring wire for special applications, upholstery spring construction wire, and alloy wire.

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Allan B. Dove, 1990. "Steel Wire", Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels, and High-Performance Alloys, ASM Handbook Committee

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