Could someone please confirm what the 'chemical makeup' of the steel grade(s) commonly known as 'boilerplate'?

I'm using it as a description in a project, and wish to describe it as it as its elemental structur, rather than just 'boilerplate'.

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Literally "boiler plate" means a material that is listed in the Boiler Code (officially known in the USA as the ASME Code for Boilers and Pressure Vessels). Obviously there are many such materials ranging from carbon steels to alloy steels containing many other elements. See for example:

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Figuratively it means "the usual stuff", typically a plain carbon steel consisting of iron with less than 0.3% carbon and 1.5% manganese which can easily be fabricated by welding. See also:

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My understanding that once a plate of boiler plate is certified - yes high QA. Then the plate is marked. Each sub element of that sheet has the marks on them also. e.g. - carry the certification along from factory to a final product.


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