Stainless Steel 316 Sheet Metal: Yes, or No?

April 18, 2012 in Jobs/Projects, Manufacturing by

316 Stainless Steel sheetsTo answer the question as to whether stainless steel 316 sheet metal is the right choice for your project, you need to first evaluate its characteristics. Let’s take a look into what sheet metal is, and later we’ll discuss sheet steel prices.

Typical Characteristics

Sheet metal is steel that has been cut into thin, flat slices ranging from 30 to 8 gauge in thickness. Stainless steel 316 sheet metal, specifically, is a molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steel. This type of metal is more resistant to the corroding elements often occurring in a marine atmosphere as well as other corrosive chemicals. At elevated temperatures, it offers high stress-to-rupture and tensile strength.

Why Purchase Stainless Steel 316 Sheet Metal

If you’re looking for a product, or your project requires a product, with premium welding characteristics, you’ve found your material. With the right heavy-duty equipment, it can be transformed into many different shapes and sizes – adding event more versatility to your project. Also, with such high resistance to corrosion, its longevity is increased.

What’s the breakdown?

316 stainless steel products are made up of 16% chromium, a metal known for its corrosion resistance and decorative properties, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum content is the reason it can withstand highly corrosive marine environments. Other grades of stainless steel, such as alloy 304, only contain the first two elements. If you have any kind of marine project, make sure to consider an alloy with molybdenum, such as alloy 316.

Other Uses of 316 Stainless Steel

Because it can be formed into other shapes and sizes with the use of equipment, 316 stainless steel sheets are best used for projects involving any architectural needs, food processing and pharmaceutical equipment, and while working in the petroleum industry.

Sheet Steel Prices

Stainless 316 sheet steel prices vary depending on an array of different factors. Typically the cost is anywhere from $200-$800. The specific pricing can depend on items such as:

  • Size
  • Quantity
  • Demensions
  • Metal-Type

When it comes to deciding whether 316 stainless steel sheet metal is right for your project, it’s important to take into consideration the size of your project and how much it would cost, as well as what exactly you’d be using the metal for. As previously mentioned, its strength makes it more difficult to mold and form into specific shapes and sizes, but if your project involves architecture or is being developed in a marine environment, you could benefit from alloy 316.

All stainless steel 316 sheet metal supplied by St. Louis Pipe and Supply will meet or exceed ASTM, ASME, ANSI and/or API standards, per your required specifications including full documentation. If you are interested in our selection, contact us for a quote on our 316 sheet steel prices.

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