Standard 316 stainless steel sheets and plating provides extreme corrosion and heat resistance along with the added benefit of increased strength over other metals. The molybdenum content within 316 stainless steel grade plating provides increased corrosion resistance over 304 stainless steel, which means that it can be used in more corrosive environments. 316 stainless steel sheets also provide outstanding welding characteristics, which means that it can be used for a wide range of applications.
In addition, 316 stainless steel has excellent forming and welding characteristics. It can be brake or roll formed into numerous types of parts for applications in the industrial, architectural, and transportation fields. Additionally, stainless steel alloy 316 does not require post-weld annealing when welding thin sections.
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316 Stainless Steel Plate & Sheet Benefits
There are several benefits that are associated with HRAP stainless steel plates/sheets. Depending on your project needs, the following advantages may or may not serve your specific purposes. The benefits of 316 stainless steel plate, include:
Increased heat resistance
High creep resistance
High temperature rupture and tensile strength
HRAP Stainless Steel Plates/Sheets Heat Resistant Qualities
The heat resistance associated with 316 stainless steel sheets is characterized with intermittent service to 870 °C and in continuous service to 925 °C. If used for subsequent aqueous corrosion resistance the continuous use of 316 in the 425-860 °C range is not recommended. 316 stainless plate also maintains increased carbide precipitation resistance.
316 Stainless Steel Sheet Weldability
Standard 316 sheet and plate can be easily welded by all standard fusion methods, with or without filler metals. However, sections that require heavy welding may require post-weld annealing for the maximum amount of possible corrosion resistance.
316 Stainless Steel Plate Applications
Hot rolled annealed and pickled stainless steel plate/sheet is used to manufacture products for applications that are exposed to heavily corrosive environments such as: salt water, acids such as sulfuric acid and chloride, petrochemicals and chemicals and high-heat such as engines and motors. Some of the more specific product applications for 316 stainless steel plates, include:
Motor and machinery components
316 Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate Machinability
Even though it is more difficult to machine than stainless steel 304 due to its toughness, stainless steel 316 plate and sheet is still easily machinable when compared to other materials. It will also machine with chip characteristics that are strong and tough, with the advised use of curlers and chip breakers. Additionally, it should machined at a slow rate, while utilizing as large a tool as possible.
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