• Stainless & Carbon Steel Alloys

    HSM Wire International produces a wide variety of stainless steel alloys known for their excellent corrosion and heat resistance. Ferritic (Chromium) grades are magnetic, non-nickel bearing alloys that have greater inherent strength and corrosion resistance than carbon steel. Most ferritic stainless steels are part of the 400 series (as are most of the martensitic grades). Austenitic (Chromium-Nickel) grades were developed for enhanced surface quality and formability and increased corrosion and wear resistance. These include the common 200 series and 300 series alloys. Austenitic alloys are non-magnetic in the fully annealed condition, but may become magnetic when cold worked due to martensitic formation. Martensitic and Precipitation Hardened alloys are typically used in applications requiring very high strength.

    Carbon steels and alloy steels are ferrous alloys that contain carbon and other alloying elements such as manganese, chromium, molybdenum, and nickel. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications. Carbon steels and alloy steels vary in terms of alloying elements, strength, and durability. Plain carbon steels include both soft, non-hardenable, low carbon products and hardenable, high carbon steels.

    Stainless Steel »

    Carbon Alloy »

  • Copper & Nickel Alloys

    Copper alloys are so widely used, many in complex applications, that there are over 370 commercial copper and copper alloy grades. The Copper family includes coppers, high-copper alloys, brasses, leaded brasses, bronzes, aluminum bronzes, silicon bronzes, copper nickels, and nickel silvers. Copper alloys provide good thermal and electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, ease of forming, ease of joining, and color, but most have relatively low strength-to-weight ratios and low strengths at elevated temperatures.

    HSM Wire International's nickel-based superalloys were developed for very high temperature service where relatively high stresses are encountered and where high surface stability is frequently required. They are also used for heat treating fabrications including furnaces, retorts and fixtures, for strength at temperature and resistance to oxidation, carbonization, sulfidation and nitrating.

    Copper Alloy »

    Nickel Alloy »

  • Resistance & Other Alloys

    HSM Wire supplies resistance alloys which are widely used for gas burner flame rods and in manufacture of electric heating equipment such as furnaces and process heaters, electrical, electronic and commercial heating appliances. Regardless of the application, HSM Wire has a broad range of resistance alloys in stock – in round wire, strip, ribbon and rod. Custom coatings are available. Quaternary alloys (~73% Ni, 21% Cr, 2% Al, with copper, iron, cobalt, manganese or molybdenum as the fourth main constituent). These alloys are again processed and marketed under many proprietary names, each of which is characterized by the fourth constituent; they are increasingly being used for standard resistors, especially those of high value. Their resistivity about 130 × 10-8 O m, with a temperature coefficient controllable by heat treatment and which can be made as small as ±0.000 002 °C-1. The thermo-e.m.f. of the alloys, like that of the copper–manganese alloys, is close to zero and may be slightly positive or negative. The tensile strength of the alloys is high, making possible the drawing of very fine wire. Welding in argon is by far the best method of joining with copper, with hard soldering as an alternative only if welding is not possible.

    HSM Wire carries other alloys such as: Nichrome, Tungsten, Kovar and Invar.

    Resistance Alloy »