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The company provides an insight into the properties of stainless steel.
Stainless steel is a general term for a family of corrosion resistant alloy steels including over 10.5% chromium.
All stainless steels have high resistance to corrosion. This resistance to attack is due to the naturally occurring chromium-rich oxide coating produced on the surface of the steel.
Although it is quite thin, this invisible, inert film holds firm to the metal and is really protective in an extensive variety of corrosive media.
The coating is swiftly self repairing in the presence of oxygen while damage by abrasion, cutting or machining is promptly repaired.
All stainless steels have elevated resistance to corrosion.
Low alloyed grades resist corrosion in specific conditions; highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions and chloride bearing environments, even at high temperatures and pressures.
High and low temperature resistance
Some grades will defy scaling and maintain high quality at elevated temperatures, whilst others show outstanding toughness at very low temperatures.
Ease of fabrication
Almost all stainless steels can be cut, welded, formed, machined and fabricated readily.
The cold work hardening properties of numerous stainless steels can be used in design to condense material thicknesses and decrease weight and costs.
Other stainless steels can be heat-treated to make extremely high strength components.
Stainless steel is offered in a number of surface finishes. It is easily and simply maintained resulting in a high quality, satisfying appearance.
The cleanability of stainless steel makes it ideal for hospitals, kitchens, food and pharmaceutical processing facilities.
Stainless steel is a durable, low maintenance material and is often the least expensive choice in a lifecycle cost comparison.