316L vs. 316 Stainless Steel

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What is A316L stainless Steel? Also known as marine grade stainless, 316L is the most popular austenitic steel. After iron, the major alloy components are chromium (16-18%) and nickel (10-12%). There is also molybdenum (2-4%) and small amounts of silicon, sulfur, and phosphorus ( 1%).

Common uses for 316L include the chemical, petrochemical, and food processing industries.

316L vs. 316SS
Both the 316L as well as 316L stainless-steel alloys are marine-grade. Only the 316L has a lower carbon percentage. Carbon content cannot exceed 0.03% in order to comply with 316L requirements. This lowers the chance of carbon deposition making it a more suitable choice for welding.

316 stainless Steel contains a moderate carbon and molybdenum contents between 2% and 3.3%. It is resistant to corrosion, acidic and high temperature.
These materials are very flexible, so they excel in stretching and bending.

Do I need 316L or 318L stainless steel for this project?
Consider the following:
Corrosion resistance
The best choice in high temperature and corrosion-resistant applications is 316L. 316L’s carbon content is lower than 316. It has superior intergranular corrosion resistance. This allows it to withstand rot better than 316 stainless steel.

The prices of 316L and316L stainless steel are roughly equal.

Magnificent properties
The magnetism of 316 stainless is not very responsive. Most varieties of stainless steel, including 316, are not magnetic like ferromagnetic base stainless steels. They’re either austenitic (or non-magnetic) in nature.

However, certain 316 stainless steel products may be cold-formed and welded. This transforms the crystal structure from austenite into ferromagnetic Martensite. A certain amount of magnetism can be achieved with 316L stainless steel.

Practical applications
You can use both types of stainless in different industry sectors. Due to its strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion, 316 is the most popular type of stainless steel. Because it resists welding and chemical corrosive, 316L is an extremely popular choice for pharmaceutical and photographic equipment.

316L & 316 Stainless Steel powder price
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