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please recommend a good technical manual for selecting steel

please recommend a good technical manual for selecting steel

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I would like to ask for the advice for getting a good information source on choosing a steel grade.

I am a mechanical engineer for industrial equipment. Most often I design parts for laser cutting (steel S355), for shafts milling (usually steel C45), some simple parts (steel S275/235), and very rarely some parts from hardox steel.
I want to get more information about what steel is good for what, especially these properties:
-How good is it for mechanical operations (milling/turning)
-How strong it is
-How resistant it is to corrosion
-How good does it harden
... and any other properties

Until now I only have one reference book: it was written 30 years ago in Soviet union, is desperately old, most of the steels are not available these days. Even worse is the manner of the book: it is written this way:
Steel grade: good for gears, shafts, parts, averagely hardens
And so on: based on that book - all these steels are good for everything

Now, I need a detailed description of lets say one hundred of the most popular steel grades in Europe, with their detailed properties for usage (as I mentioned earlier) briefly described for an mechanical industrial engineering.

Tried to look on amazon, a lot of books are for structural engineering (like BIM structures), but I didn't find this type of book for mechanical machines.

Could you please recommend this type of book? I presume amazon may be possible to find this type of literature in, or some publishing office of some technical colleges/universities.

I only understand English

Thank you for your advice

RE: please recommend a good technical manual for selecting steel

Textbooks usually have just enough information to get you through the included sample problems, and no more.
Thick handbooks like 'all the properties for everything' are out of date at first printing.

Decades ago, for selection of steels to buy and use in the USA, my primary sources were the 'Stock List' and the 'Engineering Guide' provided by Ryerson, then a major distributor of metals here.

Today, still, I'd expect to get useful selection information from the people who sell the materials, and information in more depth from the people who make the materials, and I'd expect to find much of it online.
... but Amazon won't have much that's useful.




Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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