Stainless Steel Alloy 316

The second most common grade after 304 is Type 316 Stainless Steel.  Type 316 is a popular chromium, nickel, molybdenum-bearing stainless steel grade. Though it is often referred to as marine grade stainless steel, it is in fact not resistant to seawater.

Type 316 is known for its corrosion resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion in chloride environments.

Thanks to its outstanding capabilities, Type 316 Stainless Steel can be found in a wide variety of applications including:

  • Laboratory equipment
  • Boat fittings
  • Threaded fasteners
  • Springs
  • Food and pharmaceutical processing equipment
  • Chemical containers
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Surgical implants
  • Paper and Pulp manufacturing
  • Textiles
  • Jet engine parts

In order to be considered Type 316 Stainless Steel, alloy must contain certain chemical properties including:

  • Cr 16-18%
  • Ni 10-14%
  • Mo 2-3%
  • Mn 2%
  • Si 0.75%
  • N 0.10%
  • C 0.08%
  • S 0.03%

Continental Steel offers Type 316 Stainless Steel in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, including tube, pipe, and plate. As with everything supplied and sold by Continental Steel, our Type 316 Stainless Steel meets or exceeds all industry standards.

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