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Type 316 stainless steel is an austenitic stainless steel that has a number of highly beneficial advantages and applications and is used in a variety of different environments.
Austenitic stainless steel is the largest group of stainless steels and accounts for around 66% of all stainless steel production. Austenitic stainless steel has a very specific microstructure that is achieved by alloying steel with sufficient nickel and/or manganese and nitrogen. This very stable microstructure is then maintained at all temperatures.
The 300 series of austenitic steels are chromium-nickel alloys and is the most widely used group of stainless steels.
Type 316 is generally known to be durable, clean, easy-to-fabricate, weldable and has a good finish. It has so many different benefits that even though Type 316 costs a little more upfront, it can improve the functional lifespan of the steel products by years which means it can save companies vast amounts of money in the future.
Type 316L is a low carbon version of Type 316 which minimises carbide precipitation and is used extensively for welding applications. 316L is also a great stainless steel for high-temperature, high-corrosion uses, which is why it’s so popular for use in construction and marine projects.
Grade 316H is a high carbon modification of Alloy 316 developed for use in elevated temperature service. The alloy has higher strength at elevated temperatures and is used for structural and pressure vessel applications at very high temperatures.
There are lots of benefits of Stainless Steel 316 and these include the following:
These numerous advantages and benefits mean that 316 Stainless Steel is used in many different applications and environments which include the following examples:
Special Piping Materials has extensive experience in supplying Type 316 Stainless steel to clients and industries all around the world.
We have been stocking 316 and 316L in our warehouses in Scotland and Perth for many years and we are now stocking it in our UK headquarters in Manchester as well.
If you would like to enquire about our stock of 316 and our variety of different high specification stainless steel products, then contact the Special Piping Materials team here. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to understand and meet your requirements and let you know what products we have in stock, and how quickly we are able to source and ship more specific or unusual products. You’ll also be able to find out more about the large range of products we can source from some of the most reputable mills across the globe.
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