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Type 304 & 305 Versus Type 316 Stainless Steel

304, 305 and 316 stainless steels are nickel/chromium Austenitic grades of stainless steel and are inherently non-magnetic. They cannot be hardened by heat treatment, but their mechanical properties may be improved through various wrought processes such as cold heading and roll threading. 304 and 305 provide more than adequate corrosion protection in most commonly encountered applications.

Type 316 contains slightly more nickel than 304 and 2-3% molybdenum giving it better resistance to corrosion than 304, especially in chloride environments that tend to cause pitting. It offers superior performance when exposed to sea water and resists corrosion in sulfuric acid compounds.




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