Types of Manganese Wire Mesh

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Manganese is a highly versatile metal alloy used in a wide variety of applications. It can be found in many forms such as flakes, powders, ingots, discs, pellets and compounds.

Like most metal alloys, a specific percentage of manganese is combined with other elements to create a variety of steel grades and alloys. Some are more commonly used than others in the wire mesh industry. These include plain steel, stainless steel and aluminum.

Plain steel, or carbon steel is a popular choice in both woven and welded wire mesh specifications. This low cost option is available in a broad range of opening sizes and diameter wires and is suitable for many industrial applications. The main disadvantage of plain steel is its sensitivity to corrosion. It oxidizes easily in a variety of environments and is susceptible to damage when exposed to corrosive media such as alkaline solutions, hydrochloric or hydrofluoric acid.

Stainless steel, on the other hand, is an alloy that is extremely resistant to corrosion. This is largely due to its high chromium content. Chromium naturally combines with oxygen to form an extremely thin layer of protective oxide. This layer acts as a barrier to most environments, even in the presence of corrosive media. The most popular of the stainless steel alloys in wire mesh is T-304 SS, which is readily available in a variety of opening sizes and diameter wires both from stock or through custom manufacturing.

Copper is also an excellent choice for industrial wire cloth. Unlike aluminum, this metal has good resistance to atmospheric corrosion. Additionally, it develops a natural patina with age. This characteristic makes it popular for gutter guards and related residential projects such as insect screen, fireplace screens or even some unique artistic and architectural projects.