Stainless steel bars are manufactured by heating an ingot of stainless steel, coiling it by passing through rollers, and then reheating it to create the correct dimensions. It can be manufactured into a variety of sizes and widths, and it is round as long as it maintains a circular shape.
Because of the high strength and durability of stainless steel and the thickness of most plate products, stainless steel round bar is a popular and effective choice for many industrial materials. Stainless steel bar products are used in industries including food processing, chemical processing, brewing, heat treatment, construction and architecture, and pharmaceutical equipment.
Different alloys of steel are suited to specific tasks. While most stainless steel alloys are resistant to corrosion, some alloys are better suited to marine tasks. Certain alloys resist high temperatures, while others are better suited to cold temperatures. The appropriate alloy must be chosen for a given task.
Stainless steel is the material of choice when customers need high-strength materials that are resistant to corrosion. Stainless steel has one of the greatest tensile strengths on the market and is easy to maintain. The surface of stainless steel is highly polished, which makes it a popular choice for decorative work. It is also very easy to clean and keep up in an industrial setting.
303 stainless steel is similar to our 304 alloy but can be free-machined, meaning that it can be cut with minimal effort. This maintains a polished finish and does not damage the tools. Because 303 is best suited for materials that need to be machined repeatedly, it is commonly used to create structural parts for planes, fittings, and components for pumps. To prevent the material from being damaged, it should only be used in mildly corrosive environments.
304 stainless steel is one of the most popular stainless steel alloys. It is a non-magnetic steel which cannot be heat-treated but must instead be cold worked. It is extraordinarily resistant to caustic elements. 304 round bar is commonly used in motors and engines, pharmaceutical equipment, and food processing equipment.
304L stainless steel has lower-than-normal amounts of carbon, which prevents carbide precipitation during welding. This allows it to be welded in any state, even when the conditions would corrode the material. It is appropriate to use 304L in many of the same settings as 304, though its improved weldability allows it to be repaired or altered more easily. The mechanical properties are slightly lower than 304.
316 stainless steel is the second most commonly-used alloy after 304. It is among the corrosive-resistant alloys available today, and it is suited for marine applications. It is commonly used in food processing, chemical storage, oil refining equipment and medical applications, especially as screws. Additionally, 316 is not magnetic. The material does not conduct heat or electricity well.
316L contains unusually low amounts of carbon and thus does not produce carbide precipitation during welding. The low carbon content also makes 316L slightly easier to machine. This makes it an ideal choice for heavy gauge materials. It is commonly used in food preparation equipment and for marine vehicles.
Duplex stainless steel has comparable corrosion resistance to the 304 alloy but twice the yield-strength, making it more suitable for applications which will test its durability. It is commonly used for motors, shafts, medical equipment and rotors, and is an alloy of choice for pulp and paper manufacturers.