Rail Steel vs. Mild Steel

High Performance with Less Material

High-carbon rail steel from Jersey Shore Steel is manufactured to an extremely dense grain structure, allowing the same performance as traditional mild steel with less material. Hence, by using a lighter gauge and smaller leg lengths to produce the same results as mild steel angles that use more material, rail steel yields more pieces per ton than mild steel, which means you pay less per piece. The fact that rail steel requires less material than mild steel also means reduced handling, processing, and shipping costs.

Greater Strength-to-Weight Ratio

Once reheated and rerolled at Jersey Shore Steel’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, rail steel becomes even stronger than its original form, providing you with a steel angle with a strength-to-weight ratio far superior to mild steel. When compared to mild steel, high-carbon rail steel provides the ultimate in strength, durability, and performance. Rail steel angles from Jersey Shore Steel possess a tensile strength minimum of at least 80,000 psi and a yield strength minimum of at least 50,000 psi.

Compare Rail Steel and Mild Steel

Typical Rail Steel results have shown an average of at least 65,000 psi and a tensile strength of 111,000. Jersey Shore Steel testing averages are slightly higher at 67,000 and 115,000, respectively. These superior mechanical properties give rail steel a unique advantage over mild steel. With rail steel’s high carbon content and strength-to-weight ratio, dimensional requirements when compared to mild steel can be proportionately reduced with no loss in performance or dependability.