As the nation’s leading supplier of aluminum plates distributing not only on US soil, but worldwide, Clinton offers a wide array of aluminum plates that vary in strength and weakness due to the type of alloys used. Each alloy allows for different applications, all of which are generally heavy-duty due to the quality of aluminum. We offer both 304 and 316 stainless steel wide flange beams. Due to the varied characteristics of each type of alloy beam, each must be applied in the proper setting in order to maximize its affectability.
304 stainless steel wide flange beams are composed of chromium-nickel alloy (in a combination of 8 percent nickel and 18 percent chromium) which results in a steel that is very rust and corrosion resistant.
316 stainless steel wide flange beams are composed of high concentrations of chromium, nickel and molybdenum, which results in a corrosion resistant and very tough metal. This type of steel alloy can be formed in many different ways including, cold forming, welding, forging, and machining. The 316 steel alloys are known to be more tolerant of atmospheric environments due to its chemical makeup.
Forging should also not be attempted under 1700 degrees Fahrenheit, but rather between 2100 and 2300 degrees Fahrenheit. These steel alloy beams are designed for use in marine applications, housings, tanks, supports and frames, as well as enclosures.
The chemical makeup of this steel alloy makes it an excellent candidate for harsh conditions such as oxidizing environments and high heat temperature environments. For this very same reason this metal can be used in a wide array of applications that involve more unforgiving substances such as acids (acetic, nitric, and citric acid), harsh chemicals (non-organic and organic), crude oils, and refined oils.
These steel alloy beams are designed to be used in food processing, housings, cabinets, dairy, tanks, transportation and chemical industries.