Clinton is your stainless steel round tube distributor, and we produce tubes in the following alloys: 304, 304L, 316, and 316L. For complete pricing and stock information on our stainless steel products, please call 1-800-826-3370.
Stainless steel round tubes are so frequently used as to be ubiquitous. Stainless steel has several merits compared to other choices of materials. For example, stainless steel has greater tensile strength than virtually all other products. Stainless steel does not corrode or decay very easily, meaning that it can be used in places that would destroy other materials. It requires very little maintenance after it is installed, and this means that stainless steel will outlive alternative materials. Lastly, stainless steel has a pleasing appearance, allowing it to be used for decorative work.
Stainless steel alloys each have their own perks and drawbacks. Some alloys of steel don’t perform as well under higher temperatures, while others can better resist corrosion and rust. Be sure to pick the most appropriate alloy for the job.
304 is one of the most versatile and adaptable steel alloys on the market today. Its chemical composition gives it a good balance of tensile strength, hardness, resistance to corrosion, and ease of machining. This allows it to be adapted as need be by the client, while the other factors allow it to be used in a wide variety of settings. It is not indicated for use in extreme heat because it can produce carbide precipitation. This material is commonly used to create valves, fittings, structural components, furniture parts, and machine pieces.
304L is a variation on the 304 alloy and shares many characteristics with that alloy. However, it is created by using less carbon in the alloying. This prevents carbide precipitation from forming during welding or in high heat, and this allows the metal to be welded in many different environments. It is used to create fittings, structural pieces, automobile parts and machinery.
The 316 alloy is one of the most popular stainless steel alloys. It has good tensile strength and durability, and can be machined or welded without any difficulty. Moreover, 316 is extremely resistant to corrosion or rust. Because of this, it is often recommended for use in marine environments or other situations that would degrade other metals. It is used to create marine equipment, structural components, valves, fittings, and other machinery.
316L is similar to the 316 stainless steel, but is alloyed with a smaller amount of carbon. This reduces carbide precipitation in the presence of heat and allows the metal to be welded more easily and in more situations. Apart from this difference, 316L has identical characteristics. Because of its resistance to decay, it is specifically recommended for use in underwater or marine settings.