As a premier metal distributor in New England, Alliant Metals has been providing its customers the highest-quality materials since 1987. In fact, we have one of the most extensive inventories of stainless steel stock in the region. Our team of experts knows the inner workings of each material and machine needed to meet your demands. Because of our extensive knowledge, we thought it would be refreshing to take a moment and focus on a question that many of us may have wondered, but never asked. What, exactly, makes stainless steel what it is?
Stainless steel does not rust because of the element in which compose the medal. These elements work together, along with the natural environment, to form a film that consists of corrosion products. This film prevents additional corrosion (or rust) from occurring by becoming a barrier. By limiting oxygen and water access to the underlying layer of metal, the rate of corrosion is reduced to extremely low levels.
Although every type of stainless steel contains at least ten elements, chromium is the most active and dominant of them all. Chromium reacts with oxygen at one of the highest levels enabling the protective layer to form. Here is a brief look into a few of the main elements which compose stainless steel:
Although stainless steel is comprised of several elements that are rust or corrosion-resistant, this does not mean the metal can’t rust. The key to maintaining your stainless steel stock is protecting the chromium oxide layer. With proper maintenance and cleaning, you can help maintain your stainless products at optimal levels.
For more information on stainless steel, contact the team at Alliant Metals. Known for efficiency and superior service, our team is here to assist you with all of your metal needs. Call today for more information (800) 543-1453.