The main property and application of 304 stainless steel

304 stainless steel is one of the most useful steels. It is also called 18 or 8 stainless steel by a lot of people. Compared with 430 stainless steel, the corrosion resistance of 304 is superior. Moreover, it is much cheaper than 316 stainless steel. That is why it is used widely in our daily life. For example, it is used for some high-grade stainless steel tableware and outdoor stainless steel railings.
Although 304 stainless steel is very common in our country, the name of it is derived from America. Many people think that the name of 304 stainless steel is from Japan. Actually strictly speaking, Japanese called 304 stainless steel as SUS304 stainless steel. At present, 06Cr19Ni10,304 and SUS304 are commonly called in the market. 06Cr19Ni10 generally indicates GB standard production. 304 usually signify ASTM standard production, and SUS304 normally represent JIS standard production.
304 is a versatile stainless steel. It is widely used for some equipment and parts with good overall performance, such as corrosion resistance and formability.
In order to maintain the inherent corrosion resistance of stainless steel, the steel must contain more than 16% chromium and 8% nickel.
It is well-known that 304 stainless steel is a kind of chromium - nickel stainless steel, which enjoys the following performance: good corrosion resistance, heat resistance, low temperature strength, good machinability and weldability. It is corrosion resistant in the atmosphere; however if it is industrial atmosphere or in heavily contaminated areas, timely clean is needed to avoid corrosion. 304 stainless steel is suitable for food processing, storage and transport. What we are most proud of it that 304 stainless steel has been guaranteed as food-grade stainless steel. Consequently, 304 stainless steel can be also used in the food industry and household items. Superb quality material of 304 stainless steel is advisable for using as kitchen utensils nowadays, such as the high-grade tableware.
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