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Mechanical Engineering Terms

Mechanical Engineering Terms

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A compound of iron and carbon known as Iron carbide, which has the approximate chemical formula Fe3C
containing 6.69% of carbon. Hard and brittle, it is thehard constituent of cast iron, and the normal form in
which carbon is present in steel. It is magnetizable, but not as readily as ferrite.

Cementite

A compound of iron and carbon, known chemically as iron carbide and having the approximate chemical
formula Fe3C. It is characterized by an orthorhombic crystal structure. When it occurs as a phase in steel,
the chemical composition will be altered by the presence of manganese and other carbide­forming
elements.

Cementite

A metastable carbide, with composition Fe3C and orthorhombic crystal structure, having limited
substitutional solubility for the carbide­forming elements, notably manganese.

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