This 316 stainless steel angle product has a low carbon content, which makes it a popular choice for welding construction and for food, kitchen, and beverage applications. The low carbon content limits how much harmful carbides are formed, making it a safer choice than some of the other metals. This alloy is used for making kitchen utensils, pots, and sinks. 316 stainless steel is an austenitic metal, which means that it doesn’t attract or hold magnets. Because it has a high content of nickel, chromium, and molybdenum, it has a better resistance to corrosion than 304 alloys. This is especially so for pitting and crevice corrosion caused by chloride environments.
This alloy also has great elevated temperature tensile, formability, creep and stress-rupture strengths and weldability. It has a low level of carbon and is invulnerable to sensitization. This is why it’s commonly used in welded components for heavy gauges. Some of the other applications 316 stainless steel is used for include food prep equipment, chemical processing, lab equipment, boat fittings, heat exchangers, tanks, condensers and evaporators. It is commonly used in the textile industries as well.
Take note that when in warm chloride conditions that have temperatures above 122 degrees F, the metal is subject to pitting and crevice corrosion, plus cracking due to stress corrosion. It is known to have resistance when in potable water with ambient temperatures that contain no more than 1000mg of chlorides. 316 steels are considered marine grade, so it is commonly used for applications involving warm sea water. This metal also has great oxidation resistance and resistance to carbide precipitation.