steel alloy vs. alloy steel

English translation: not quite the same! see explanation

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English term or phrase:steel alloy vs. alloy steel
English translation:not quite the same! see explanation
Entered by: veratek

21:24 Jul 30, 2007
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Tech/Engineering - Engineering (general)
English term or phrase: steel alloy vs. alloy steel
hi, this question came up in a Portuguese to English query - is "steel alloy" the same as "alloy steel?"
veratek
Brazil
Local time: 00:31
not quite the same
Explanation:
It's a question of context and usage.

'Alloy steel' means a steel that contains other elements (usually in relatively small amounts) intentionally added in controlled quantities to alter its characterics (e.g. chromium-mobdynum steel or the various types of stainless steel). This is essentially an engineering term, and it is commonly used in engineering documents and technical specifications.

'Steel alloy' is a general term used to refer to any alloy made from steel and any other element or combination of elements. This is noit a technical term, and it would rarely be used in specifications. In principle, it could even mean an alloy in which steel is not the principal component, although it is not ordinarily used this way.
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Ken Cox
Local time: 05:31
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Thank you for your excellent explanation!

(my laywoman's hunch about the difference was correct! :-)

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4 +6not quite the same
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not quite the same


Explanation:
It's a question of context and usage.

'Alloy steel' means a steel that contains other elements (usually in relatively small amounts) intentionally added in controlled quantities to alter its characterics (e.g. chromium-mobdynum steel or the various types of stainless steel). This is essentially an engineering term, and it is commonly used in engineering documents and technical specifications.

'Steel alloy' is a general term used to refer to any alloy made from steel and any other element or combination of elements. This is noit a technical term, and it would rarely be used in specifications. In principle, it could even mean an alloy in which steel is not the principal component, although it is not ordinarily used this way.

Ken Cox
Local time: 05:31
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Grading comment
Thank you for your excellent explanation!

(my laywoman's hunch about the difference was correct! :-)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tony M: Precisely, couldn't have put it better myself!
1 hr

agree  Polangmar: Ditto - and the same difference is in Polish.:)
3 hrs

agree  R-i-c-h-a-r-d
4 hrs

agree  Elena Aleksandrova
6 hrs

agree  Jörgen Slet
7 hrs

agree  Alfa Trans (X)
17 hrs
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