Because each industry has its own requirements depending on use and environmental circumstances, not every grade of stainless steel is suitable for every job. When an industry needs corrosion-resistant equipment that can withstand high temperatures, 316 stainless steel often fits the bill. Like other grades, several industries use 316, especially those that need equipment to operate under high-stress conditions. At Alliant Metals, we supply stainless steel to several industries, including those that require 316.
316 stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and high temperatures because of its molybdenum content. Molybdenum is a chemical element and has the sixth-highest melting point of any element when in its free metal state. It is naturally hard and stable in an alloy, which is why its presence is so valuable for stainless steel.
316 steel contains 2%-3% molybdenum, which increases its resistance to corrosion, pitting, and high temperatures. 316 is especially effective in acidic environments. It can resist corrosion from acetic, formic, hydrochloric, sulfuric, and tartaric acids. 316 is also effective against acid sulfates and alkaline chlorides.
Because of its corrosion and heat resistance, 316 stainless steel is used in equipment that operates in high-stress and high-heat environments. Exhaust manifolds, furnace parts, heat exchangers, and jet engine parts all must operate under high heat. For that reason, 316 is one of the best options for these applications.
The corrosion resistance of 316 makes it useful for any equipment that is regularly exposed to chemicals. You will often find it in pharmaceutical equipment, valve and pump parts, tanks, photographic equipment, and evaporators. 316 also often makes up processing equipment for paper and textiles and parts exposed to marine environments.
Stainless steel equipment needs to hold up to the requirements of its industry. Not every grade of stainless steel is going to be the right choice for every job. When it comes to industries that need equipment to hold up under high-stress environments, 316 steel is often the best choice. Our experts at Alliant Metals will work with you to find the best stainless steel grades and products for your industry.