Stainless Steel is a type of alloy steel that resist rust and other forms of corrosion resisting properties. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment the alloy must endure. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and resistance to corrosion are required.
Alloy 304/304L is the most widely utilized “18-8” chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel. It is an economical and versatile corrosion resistant alloy suitable for a wide range of general purpose applications. It is common practice for 304L to be dual certified as 304 and 304L. Alloy 304/304L resists atmospheric corrosion, as well as, moderately oxidizing and reducing environments. The alloy has excellent resistance to intergranular corrosion in the as-welded condition. Alloy 304/304L has excellent strength and toughness at cryogenic temperatures. Alloy 304/304L is non-magnetic in the annealed condition. It can be easily welded and processed by standard shop fabrication practices.
Stainless steel Angle Alloy 304/304L has good resistance to atmospheric corrosion, foods and beverages and to many organic and inorganic chemicals in moderately oxidizing to moderately reducing environments. The high chromium content of the alloy provides resistance to oxidizing solutions such as nitric acid up to 55% weight and up to 176°F (80°C).
Alloy 304L Stainless Steel is used in a wide variety of home and commercial applications, including: Food processing equipment, particularly in beer brewing, milk processing, and wine making, Kitchen benches, sinks, troughs, equipment, and appliances, Architectural trim and molding, Automotive and aerospace structural use, Construction material in large buildings, Chemical containers, including for transport, Heat exchangers, Nuts, bolts, screws, and other fasteners in the marine environment, Dyeing industry, Woven or welded screens for mining, quarrying & water filtration.