316/316L STAINLESS STEEL
The 316 and 316L stainless steel are among the most commonly used austenitic stainless steel among various industries.
These two stainless steel grades are molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steels that feature the right mix of corrosion resistance, weldability, and strength.
However, the feature that is greatly highlighted for both stainless steel grades is its common excellence in resisting corrosion and handling oxidizing environments.
As such, a lot may still get confused but 316 and 316L stainless steel grades are different from each other in a way that 316 stainless steel grade has a higher carbon content than 316L. Distinguishing one from the other is quite easy considering that the “L” stands for low.
Correspondingly, either 316 or 316L stainless steel bar stock you may need, rest assured, Advance Grinding Services can most definitely provide it for you.
316 Steel Bars are RESISTANT TO CORROSION
Stainless steel comes in over 150 grades and is generally known for its excellent corrosion resistance but it is the 304 and 316 stainless steel grades that are considered to be the representatives of the said particular steel grade.
Though the austenitic 316 stainless steel is similar to 304, the addition of molybdenum sets it apart. The addition of the molybdenum content makes the 316 and 316L stainless steel round bar stock ideal for highly acidic and caustic environments that can eat away metals.
It is also the reason why a 316 or 316L stainless steel bar stock is the definite choice for most companies in the piping industry as it performs well against chloride-induced stress corrosion.
316 Stainless Steel Bar Properties
In terms of commonality, 316 stainless steel comes close to the 304. It has similar physical and mechanical properties to grade 304. Though they differ in their composition. The material composition for 316 stainless steel are:
- 10 percent nickel
- 16 percent chromium
- 2 percent molybdenum
The higher nickel percent and molybdenum in the 316 stainless steel increase the strength and resilience. Also, when it comes to 304 vs 316 stainless steel price, grade 316 has a higher cost.
Advance Grinding Services provides 316/316L stainless steel bar, rod, and wire for use where high corrosion resistance is a necessity. The 316 stainless steel round bar is also ideal for applications with high temperatures. It has a melting range of 2,500 °F – 2,550 °F (1,371 °C – 1,399 °C). However, this austenitic stainless steel has a maximum use temperature of 1,472˚F or 800˚C. The 316 stainless steel tensile strength is about 579 MPa (84 ksi).
Advance Grinding provides quality 316 and 316L stainless steel fabricated with proper tools and non-contaminated work spaces. Therefore, ensuring you get quality material that meets your requirement at affordable prices.
316 round bar alloy has high strength and corrosion resistance for application in marine parts, outdoor applications, chemical equipment, and others. The high creep and resistance to stress rapture makes 316L stainless steel an ideal choice.