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Steel Specs and Characteristics: 304 Stainless Steel, 316 Stainless Steel

November 06, 2013 in Blog, Pipe by

Stainless steelSteel. It’s resistant to corrosion and staining. It’s low-maintenance and attractive. It’s even recyclable. Simply put, steel is an incredibly useful material.

As such, it’s used in a variety of applications, from household items to industrial equipment, and even in the automotive, aerospace and architectural industries. There are over 150 grades of the material, offering the perfect steel for nearly any project, but two types tend to set the standard. Take a look at them below, as we examine their properties, differences and most popular uses.

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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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Sheet Metal and Steel Sheet Prices: What You Need to Know

January 02, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, News & Articles by

Stainless Steel SheetAt St. Louis Pipe & Supply, we do more than just assemble industrial pipe and supply it to customers throughout the world. We also specialize in structural steel products like plate, bars, sheet and beams.

Today, we’ll focus on sheet. In addition to offering competitive steel sheet prices, we ship sheet orders to anywhere in the world. But first, let’s explore what sheet is.

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316 Stainless Steel Sheets and Pricing

September 28, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, Structural by

Pricing for Stainless Steel Sheets316 Stainless Steel Sheets

Stainless Steel sheet prices vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:

  • Size
  • Quantity
  • Dimensions
    • Measured in Ga. units
  • Sub metal type
    • e.g., 304-2B Mill Finish
    • 309-2D Mill Finish
    • 316 Mill Finish
    • 430-2B Mill Finish, etc.

Typically, stainless steel sheets run anywhere between $200-$800, dependant upon the aforementioned factors (and, namely, quantity).

To request a quote for your specific needs, please contact us today .

What is 316 Stainless Steel?

Unlike conventional chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steels, Alloy 316 is a molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steel, which means it’s more resistant to chemical corrodents, marine atmospheres and to general corrosion and pitting and crevice corrosion. 316 stainless steel sheets offer higher creep, stress-to-rupture and tensile strength at elevated temperatures.

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