316 stainless is a highly corrosion-resistant grade favored for critical applications in industry. This guide explores key attributes of 316 stainless, applications, our production expertise, and how we can supply solutions for your demanding projects.
316 stainless contains a minimum of 16% chromium for protection by a passive chromium oxide layer. Molybdenum, 2-3%, boosts resistance to corrosion in warm salts and acids. Nickel deters corrosion and stabilizes the face-centered austenite crystal structure.
We control smelting practices to achieve exacting chemistry tolerances for optimum corrosion performance.
316 stainless is highly formable for fabrication needs with a density around 8 g/cm3. It has good mechanical properties like a minimum 75 ksi yield strength and phase stability across broad temperatures. Superior welding characteristics allow for fabrication of complex components and structures.
316 sheets and piping are ubiquitous in chemical processing. Its resistance in oxidizing acids, ketones and halides suits pharmaceutical equipment and semiconductor tooling. Medical applications like implants necessitate 316 for its biocompatibility. 316 is also used in desalination plants and petrol refineries where sea/brackish water poses the greatest corrosion threat.
At our facilities, world-class continuous casting, hot/cold working, machining and welding ensures the highest quality of our 316 products. Certifications including ISO 9001 underpin our stringent quality management.
Contact our experts to discuss your project needs and enlist our 316 solutions. We guarantee the grade’s corrosion protection to deliver the most value and longest service life.