type 316 Stainless Steel

ISW is BACK with another edition of our Stainless Steel Mini Series! Today we’re featuring type 316 Stainless Steel!
Type 316 is similar to Type 304 with some subtle differences in its anatomy, as it contains added molybdenum. Molybdenum increases strength, hardness, hardenability, toughness, as well as creep resistance and strength at elevated temperatures. It is made up of approximately 16-18% chromium, 10-12% nickel, and 2-3% molybdenum. The added molybdenum gives Type 316 even better corrosion resistance, especially to chlorides. Type 316 is often used in marine applications and in other applications where exposure to chlorides is a concern.
316 stainless steel is a type of austenitic stainless steel that is considered versatile, used in a wide range of applications including:

  • Food processing equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Architectural components
  • Marine applications
  • Chemical processing equipment
  • Pharmaceutical equipment
  • Aerospace applications
  • Marine applications
  • Oil and gas production equipment

316 stainless steel is also weldable and has good formability, making it a popular choice for many industrial applications. Here are some of the key benefits of using 316 stainless steel:

  • Excellent corrosion resistance, especially to chlorides
  • Good strength and formability
  • Weldable
  • Biocompatible
  • Non-magnetic
  • Easy to clean and maintain316L stainless steel is the extra low carbon version of 316 stainless steel that helps avoid carbide precipitation due to welding, while 316H is the higher carbon content version used in some applications at elevated temperatures.
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