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[*] posted on 7-7-2011 at 11:45 PM
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Does anyone know what metal barbed wire is made of? And on a similar note, has there ever been a time when cars were made using significant amounts of iron?

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[*] posted on 7-8-2011 at 12:01 AM


According to Wikipedia, barbed wire is typically made from steel rods nowadays (though the material was different before 1873).

Car engines are typically made with iron, since it's one of the few metals that remains strong under extreme temperatures. However, as it tends to rust and is extremely heavy, it is not ideal for any other part of the car.




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[*] posted on 7-8-2011 at 12:18 AM


Its only been a few decades since fiberglass frames and other light-weight materials like sophisticated metal composites have been used widely in cars. Earlier frames would have had a high probability of being iron-heavy steel. Steel being an alloy.

I'm guessing that early barbed wire was made out of something like pig iron, being cheap and not hard to work, but still stiff enough to deter thick-hided cows. Old barbed wire tends to have lots and lots of rust, so even today it probably has a high iron content.
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[*] posted on 7-8-2011 at 08:44 AM


Okay, thank you guys!

I'm currently writing a scene set in an abandoned, overgrown car graveyard. The cars are from the 30s through the late forties, I think, and I'm doubting that the barbed wire is very new. It's based on a place I've actually seen, and everything is rusty in real life. Iron is just significant to my story.




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