Published: Jan 1971
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In old but dynamic technologies, confusion surrounding terminology is fairly common. Metallurgy indeed is no exception. One culprit in the metallurgical lexicon that is responsible for a particularly large degree of confusion is the term “high-strength steel”. This term is applied quite frequently to any structural steel capable of being used at strength levels higher than those for which structural carbon steels were developed, i.e., higher than 33,000 to 36,000 psi minimum yield point. When thought of in this sense, a high-strength steel may possess a yield strength capability ranging all the way from some 42,000 psi to more than 350,000 psi--so wide a spread in strength as to rob the term of its meaning.