Glossary

Don’t know what a technical term means? No problem. Here you’ll find explanations of specialist terms and abbreviations from the Steel world.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

A

Al

Annealing

Anodizing

Atomization

Austenitic steels

Austenitizing

Austeno-ferritic steels

B

B

Be

Bearing steels

Bi

BK (cold finished hard)

BK + S (cold finished and stress relieved)

Blanks shearing

Boride treatment

Boring (or reaming)

C

C

Calcium silicon treatment

Case hardening

Case hardening steels

Center points

Chamfer

Chemical etching

Chipping off

Clearance

Co

Cold finished hard (BK)

Cold hobbing

Cold work

Compacting

Compressive strength

Contour milling

Core drilling

Cr

Creep resistant steels

Cu

D

Deep drawing

Deep holes drilling

Die

Die work

Drawing

Drilling / Punching

Ductility

Duplex steels

E

EDM wire cutting

Electro-Slag Remelting (ESR)

Electrolytic copper

Extrusion

F

Face finishing

Fe

Ferritic steels

Full hardening

G

Galvanic corrosion

Gas case hardening

Grinding

H

H

Hard chromium plating

Hardness

Heat-resistant steels

Highly alloyed steels

Hot/cold extrusion

I

Impact toughness (resiliency)

Inclusion integrity

intergranular corrosion

Isotropy of mechanical characteristics

J

K

Kneeding

L

M

Martensitic steels

Mg

Mirror polish

Mn

Mo

N

N

Nb

NBK (normalised)

Ni

Nitriding

Nitriding steels

Normalized

Normalizing rolling

O

O

Optical polish

Oxidation

P

P

Pb

Peeling

Peening

Pitting corrosion

Planishing-straightening

Plasma cutting

Polishing

Powder case hardening

Powder metallurgy steels

Precipitation hardening steels

Punch

Q

Quenching

R

Reducing atmosphere

Roll-bending

S

S

Salt case hardening

Seats

Si

Sintering

Slide valve

Slitting

Slot

Sn

Soft annealing

Solution annealing

Solution-annealing (solution treatment)

Specular polish

Spheroidize annealing (spheroidizing)

Spring steels

Straightening

Stress corrosion cracking

Stress relieving (-relief)

Structure

Surface hardening

T

T-slots

Ta

Taper

Tapping

Tempering

Tenacity

Through-hardening (dip penetration)

Ti

U

Uncoiling

Uniform corrosion

V

V

Vacuum Arc Remelting (VAR)

Vacuum degassing

Vapour-deposition method (VDM)

W

W

Weathering steels

Weld build-up

X

Y

Young’s modulus (Modulus of elasticity)

Z

Zn

Zr