Chromium is a lustrous, hard, steel gray metallic element that is resistant to tarnish and corrosion. It is used as a catalyst, to harden steel alloys, to produce stainless steel, and as a pigment in glass.
Effects of Chromium in steel alloys
Chromium is added to give wear resistance, hardenability, corrosive resistance, toughness, and it is an aid in the heat treatment process.
Chromium will also aid in tensile strength, abrasion resistance, and shock resistance. It is used in large amounts to create stainless steel.
- (+) Increases corrosion resistance.
- (+) Increases toughness.
- (+) Increases wear resistance.
- (+) Aids in hardening.
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