Stainless Steel 316L is the standard molybdenum bearing grade. It has an extensive variety of uses especially in marine applications due to the materials high corrosion resistance.
This stainless steel is popular for use in severely corrosive environments due to the materials immunity from boundary carbide precipitation. The material is widely used in heavy gauge welded components and weld annealing is only required where the material is for use in high stress environments.
Stainless steel 316L (all) is one of the basic grade of the stainless steel range. 2% molybdenum bearing ensures better corrosion resistance than CLC 18-9L grade, particularly regarding to uniform and localised corrosion.
Stainless steel 316L is an austenitic microstructure grade, free of deleterious carbide precipitations in grain boundaries. The grade contains some residual ferrite (3%) after solution annealing (1050-1150°C – 1922-2102°F) and water quenching. Chemistry and heat treatments may be optimised in order to control the ferrite content.
Stainless steel 316L resists to wet atmosphere or room temperature solutions containing some chloride or fluoride additions. The steel is not seawater resistant.
Applications of 316L Stainless Steel Bar:
Wet corrosion resistance properties in medium severe conditions
Chemical industry (industrial phosphoric acid; Concentration < 30% P205 without abrasion; θ <60°C – 140°F)