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Stainless Steel 304 316 Difference Explain: A Basic Clarification

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  • 304 Stainless Steel: Known for its excellent corrosion resistance and good formability. It’s widely used in kitchen equipment, storage tanks, and piping systems.
  • 316 Stainless Steel: Offers superior corrosion resistance, especially against chlorides and marine environments. Ideal for marine hardware, chemical processing equipment, and medical devices.
  • 304L Stainless Steel: A low-carbon variant of 304, it provides better weldability and reduces the risk of corrosion after welding. Suitable for heavy gauge components in the automotive and aerospace industries.
  • 316L Stainless Steel: Similar to 316 but with lower carbon content, enhancing corrosion resistance after welding. Used in pharmaceuticals, marine applications, and food processing equipment.
  • 420 Stainless Steel: Known for its high hardness and moderate corrosion resistance. It’s often used in cutlery, surgical instruments, and wear-resistant applications.

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