Stainless steel is a versatile material used in many diverse applications. The two most common types of SS 304 Flanges are highly corrosion resistant austenitic and ferritic, which is magnetic.

In this blog, SS Elbow manufacturers go into the basics of what austenitic stainless steel is, its main benefits, and the most useful uses of stainless steel fittings.

Stainless steel

All steels have the same composition of iron, carbon and nickel. The SS 316 Flanges also contains chromium, the well-known alloy that gives stainless steel its corrosion resistance.

Standard API 5L Seamless Pipe used in plumbing applications contain between 18-20% chromium and 8-12% nickel.

Advantages of stainless steel fittings


Stainless steel offers many advantages to the plumbing system architect and designer:

Material advantages

The combination of Api 5l Grade B Pipe corrosion resistance and high strength reduces the thickness and weight of the wall. It can withstand very high flow rates - over 40m / s, making it able to withstand long-term exposure to the elements in almost any environment.

Environmental benefits

Stainless steel API 5L X65 can be used in all types of water, including consumer water. It has excellent resistance to all drinking water, including various levels of chlorides.

Economic benefits

The SS 304 Tube is low maintenance and requires no additional coating, for interior and exterior applications. The expected life of a stainless steel system is over 50 years, reducing system downtime, replacement and maintenance costs over the life of the installation.

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Applications of stainless steel fittings

With all the advantages of SS 316 Tube, there are just so many applications where these fittings can be used. Here are some key beneficial areas:

Residential and commercial Stainless Steel Reducer subject to various constraints.

Commercial and industrial Stainless Steel Stub Ends piping systems that need to perform well under the toughest conditions.

What is carbon steel?

Carbon steel is SS 304L Plate, whose main alloying component is carbon. The properties of this type of steel depend on the percentage of carbon it contains. Based on the carbon content, we can classify carbon steels into different categories. The more the carbon content increases, the more its tensile strength and cold brittleness index increase, to the detriment of its flexibility.

What is stainless steel?

Stainless steel is very different from any other type of steel. What makes SS 316l Plate unique is its great resistance to corrosion or, in other words, that it does not rust under normal conditions.

Stainless steels SS 310 Sheet are complex alloys involving a good number of chemical elements, some basic, and others added to obtain certain structures and properties.

Main differences

The difference between the SS 321 Sheet and carbon steel is the amount of chromium in its composition. The presence of chromium (between 10.5% and 11%) allows the formation of an inert layer of chromium oxide on the surface of the steel. It is responsible for the corrosion resistance of the stainless steel.

Due to the absence of chromium in the composition of carbon steel, it does not stand the test of time, just like stainless steel. It also cannot withstand extreme temperature changes without damage. Therefore, if durability and corrosion resistance are key criteria for the choice of tank, the stainless steel tank is undoubtedly a better alternative than the carbon steel tank.