316/316L Stainless Steel

316/316L Stainless Steel

Type 316, 316L stainless steel contains slightly more nickel than type 304 giving it better resistance to corrosion than type 304, especially in chloride environments that tend to cause pitting. 316L has superior intergranular corrosion resistance after welding or stress relieving. Easy to maintain, good pitting resistance, superior creep strength, and close tolerances. Typical uses include marine environment components, conveyors, and food processing equipment components.

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Principal Design Features

A low carbon version of type 304 stainless. 304L is used almost interchangeably with 304 but is preferred for welding operations. It offers a good combination of strength, corrosion resistance and is easily fabricated.

316/316L Chemistry

Carbon0.03 max
Chromium16 - 18
IronBalance
Manganese2 max
Molybdenum2 - 3
Nickel10 - 14
Phosphorus0.045 max
Silicon1 max
Sulphur0.03 max

316/316L Physical Data

Density (lb / cu. in.)0.29
Specific Gravity7.9
Specific Heat (Btu/lb/Deg F - [32-212 Deg F])0.12
Electrical Resistivity (microhm-cm (at 68 Deg F))444
Melting Point (Deg F)2550
Modulus of Elasticity Tension28

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