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Stainless Steel 316/L

From sheets and plates to bars and structural products, 316/L stainless steel can be delivered in a wide range of forms to start your manufacturing process. At Arbor/Metals Inc., we’re proud to offer this corrosion-resistant, weldable, and formable product with complete traceability. Find out how it compares with other alloys for high-temperature situations and heavy-gauge welding applications to see if it’s the right fit for your application.

Characteristics of 316/L Stainless Steel

Thanks to the addition of molybdenum in this austenitic steel, 316/L offers enhanced creep resistance, excellent tensile strength in high-temperature settings, and reliable pitting resistance. It’s also a highly formable alloy, so it can easily be shaped to fit the specifications of your product. This makes it a competitive option compared to other common steel grades, such as 304.

Warm chloride environments are particularly suited to this stainless steel. Other alloys may be compromised due to crevice corrosion and pitting, but this alloy can withstand stress corrosion cracking up to temperatures of approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

The low carbon content that gives 316/L some of its distinctive properties also gives it its name. The "L" in 316/L means it’s an L-grade alloy, which has a maximum carbon content of 0.03%, as compared with the standard steel maximum of 0.08% carbon. Consider an L-grade alloy for applications that require a durable, corrosion-resistant alternative.

Common 316/L Stainless Steel Products

From feed-water tubes to medical tools, 316/L is a highly versatile stainless steel grade. It’s particularly suited for applications where 304 stainless steel doesn’t meet the corrosion resistance requirement. Heat exchanger tubes, textile equipment, paper industry digesters, and surgical implants are all manufactured using 316/L steel.

Thanks to its versatility, this alloy offers numerous applications across many industries. Here are a few of the most common industries that use this stainless steel product:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Textile
  • Petrochemical
  • Water treatment

These are just a few industries that can use this versatile stainless steel type. Thanks to its strength and versatility, it’s used to manufacture equipment, tanks, and trim pieces in many other applications that require high corrosion resistance and stress-rupture strength.

Find Your 316/L Stainless Steel Supplier Today

Turn to Arbor/Metals Inc. for premier 316/L stainless steel products to power your facility. Request a quote to see how our extensive 316/L stainless steel inventory and capabilities compare and how we can assist you in sourcing quality alloys at the right grade for your industry.

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