Stainless Steel

What are Austenitic Stainless Steels?

When nickel is added to stainless steel in sufficient amounts the crystal structure changes to "austenite". The basic composition of austenitic stainless steels is 18% chromium and 8% nickel. Austenitic grades are the most commonly used stainless steels accounting for more than 70% of production (type 304 is the most commonly specified grade by far).

Basic properties of Austenitic Stainless Steel

Excellent corrosion resistance
Excellent weldability (all processes)
Excellent formability, fabricability and ductility
Excellent cleanability, and hygiene characteristics
Eood high and excellent low temperature properties
Non magnetic (if annealed)
Hardenable by cold work only

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Common uses of Austenitic Stainless Steel

Computer keyboard key springs (301)

Kitchen sinks (304D)

Food processing equipment

Architectural applications

Chemical plant and equipment

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