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What is 316 Stainless Steel


What exactly is 316 Stainless Steel?

There are many alloys that are added to steel to improve the desired properties. Steel that has been treated as marine grade, called Type 316, is resistant to certain types of corrosive environments.

There are many varieties of stainless steel 316. Most commonly used are L, F, , and H variants. Each has its own distinct characteristics, and each has an entirely different purpose. L means that 316L steel has less carbon than 316.


of 316, 316L and 316 Stainless Steel Common Quality

Though they’re similar to Type 304 commonly found in the food industry, the Type 316 and 316L both have higher resistance to corrosion. They also have greater strength at high temperatures. They cannot also be hardened with heat treatments and can be easily stretched and shaped.


Differentialities between 316L and 316 Stainless Steel

316L stainless steel is less carbon content than the 316. But even with its lesser carbon contents, 316L is very similar to 316 in nearly every way. It is priced similarly, and both are tough and resistant to corrosion, making it a suitable choice for extreme stress situations.

For projects that require lots or welding may be a better option since 316 is more prone to welding corrosion over an 316L (corrosion at the seam). But, the 316 is able to be annealed in order to prevent welding attenuation. Also, 316L is a suitable stainless for high temperatures and high corrosion applications and that is the reason it is used for marine and construction.

It is not clear if 316 or 316L is the best option. The 304 is comparable to 304L but the cost is less. It isn’t as durable as the 317 or 317L that have greater molybdenum content as well as better in general resistance to corrosion.


Physical Properties of type316 and The 316L Steels

Density 0.799g/cubic centimeter

Electrical resistivity: 74 microhm-centimeters (20 degrees Celsius)

Specific Heat: 0.50 kiloJoules/kilogram-Kelvin (0-100 degrees Celsius)

Conductivity of the thermal fluid: 16.2 Watts/meter-Kelvin (100 degrees Celsius)

Modulus of Elasticity (MPa) 193 x 103 under tension

Melting Range: 2,500-2,550 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371-1,399 degrees Celsius)


Stainless Steel 316L Powder Properties

Other Names Stainless Steel Powders, The SS316 powder and the SS316L powder

No. CAS. 52013-36-2

Compound Formula Compound Formula

Molecular Weight N/A

Appearance Grey black powder

Melting Point N/A

Boiling Point N/A

Density 7.9g/cm3

Solubility of H2O in N/A

Exact Mass N/A


What can it that 316L Stainless Steel used for?

It is used extensively in the chemical and petroleum industries in food processing and pharmaceutical equipment, medical devices such as drinking water, wastewater treatment, Marine applications, close to the coastline or in urban areas. Examples:

Chemical containers transfer units, heat exchangers, and industrial equipment used for process in the production of organic fatty acids and other organic compounds;

Shipbuilding pipes and vessels, pumps, valves, fittings, and shipbuilding

Pipelines for the oil and the gas industry as well as valves, pumps, heat exchangers;

Mining for screen weaving

Pipe fittings and machined part of pipe fittings.


Stainless Steel 316L Powder Price

The price is affected by various elements, including supply and demand in the market, trends in industries such as economic activity, market sentiment, and unexpected circumstances.

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