Stainless Steel 304 vs 316
What’s the difference?

Stainless Steel is a big family and wide used metal material, there are various grades in this group, these grades have special chemical composition and properties to suit various applications, two of them are remarkable grades, namely, 304 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel, the most stainless steel grades are used all over the world.

304 Stainless Steel

304 stainless steel contains 18% chromium, 8% nickel, and other major alloying elements include small amounts of manganese, silicon and carbon, it is a typical 18/8 austenitic stainless steel grade, overall 304 presents excellent properties to meet many cases making it the most popular grade. What make 304 so popular?
• Resistant to oxidation, corrosion and durability
• Excellent formability, fabrication and welding characteristics
• Relatively less expensive

316 Stainless Steel

316 stainless steel contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel, 2 to 3% molybdenum, and also contains silicon, manganese, and carbon content, it is second used grade. 316 is durable, easy-to-fabricate, clean, weld and finish grade, it is considerably more resistant to solutions of sulfuric acid, chlorides, bromides, iodides and fatty acids at high temperature, especially for chloride environment. Use Range
• Household products
• Auto parts
• Medical equipment
• Building materials
• Chemicals
• Food process
• Agriculture
• Ship parts
• Heat exchanger