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Five Minute Tutorial: Stainless Steel 316 Sheet Metal

May 15, 2013 in Blog by

Stainless steel 316 sheet metalIn this post, you’ll learn the basics of one of our most popular building materials–stainless steel 316 sheet metal.

But before we dive into 316 sheet metal, let’s get started with a quick overview on sheet metal in general.

Sheet Metal–The Basics

Sheet metal is a thin, flat piece of metal that usually varies in thickness from 30 to 8 gauge. It can be made with a variety of materials, including brass, copper, tin, aluminum, nickel and steel, though commercial builders and contractors most commonly use stainless steel, including stainless steel 316 sheet metal.

316 Sheet Metal: The Formula

316 stainless steel contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum.

Corrosion Resistance and Strength

It’s the last element in the above formula–molybdenum–that gives 316 sheet metal much of its corrosion resistance and strength. This makes it more rugged than 304 sheet metal (which doesn’t contain molybdenum) and allows it to perform well in a variety of conditions–including extreme marine and chemical environments.

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