Both 316 & 316L stainless steel provide extra resistance to not only corrosion and food and beverages, but also a variety of organic and inorganic chemicals. Because these alloys are formed and joined by both fusion and resistance processes, 316 and 316L are a famously excellent choice for welding.
Both 316 and 316L are molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steels, and their amazing resistance to corrosion makes these alloys a great choice for a variety of aggressive and harsh environments, such as marine atmospheres.
Both 316 and 316L stainless steels offer higher creep, stress-to-rupture and tensile strength when applied at elevated temperatures, making them well suited for fabricated or formed applications.
The Difference Between 316 and 316L Stainless Steel
So, what exactly is the difference between these two grades of stainless steel?
316L is an extra-low carbon variation of 316 stainless steel. 316L has a maximum carbon composition of 0.03%, making it an ideal alloy for welding. This low carbon level gives 316L an immunity to carbide precipitation during welding, which ensures optimum corrosion resistance.
316 stainless steel, on the other hand, is the straight grade metal of the two, meaning it has increased mechanical properties. 316 has a mid-range carbon composition, offers solid strength and creep resistance, and showcases excellent mechanical and corrosion-resistant properties at sub-zero temperatures.
Common Applications of 316/316L Stainless Steel
- Architectural Uses
- Food Processing Equipment
- Pulp & Paper Processing Equipment
- Oil & Petroleum Refining Equipment
- Textile Industry Equipment
- Pharmaceutical & Photographic Equipment
- Exhaust, Furnace, Heat Exchangers, Jet Engine Parts
- Valve & Pump Trim
- Parts Exposed to Marine Atmospheres
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