Updated: Article originally published on 04/01/18
Chromium molybdenum steel (or chrome moly) is an advanced alloy steel often used in applications associated with high temperatures and high pressures. It is renowned for its outstanding strength and resistance to elevated temperatures, which is why it is trusted to perform in a range of engineering applications.
Benefits of Chrome Moly Steel
The combination of chromium and molybdenum in this steel alloy produces a metal with excellent hardenability and good toughness, it is also easy to weld and fabricate. The chromium content provides outstanding corrosion and oxidation resistance, making this steel resistant to hot sulfide corrosion, hydrogen attack, and embrittlement. The molybdenum content provides the increased strength, even at extreme temperatures.
These properties are what make this steel extremely useful in extreme applications. This blog post will specifically look at how and why chrome moly steel is used for automotive applications.
Chrome Moly Steel for the Automotive Industry
Initially, it was believed that chrome moly steel had limited uses, but it was eventually discovered that there are many uses for the alloy. The automotive industry benefits from the use of this steel greatly.
Crankshafts are one example of how chrome moly steel is revolutionizing the automotive industry. In the past crankshafts made out of cast-iron would be sufficient, but this was in older cars that didn’t travel for as far as today’s cars and heat didn’t accumulate under the bonnet like it does today. A crankshaft built out of chrome moly steel benefits from all of its properties, including heat and wear resistance, and increased strength, ensuring the car’s engine is efficient and requires less maintenance.
Chrome moly steel can be used in various automotive parts, including the clutch and the flywheel. The strength to weight ratio of this metal ensures that the car’s fuel economy isn’t impacted while providing a component that is more reliable.
Read More: Chromium Molybdenum Steel from Masteel
Chrome Moly Steel from Masteel
Masteel is a worldwide supplier of chrome moly steel for a range of industries. Our chrome moly products are available in a variety of thicknesses and widths, and we also offer in-house cutting and profiling services.