Grade 316L is often utilized in process streams containing chlorides or halides. The addition of molybdenum improves general corrosion and chloride pitting resistance. It also offers higher creep, stress-to-rupture, and tensile strength at elevated temperatures. In addition to excellent corrosion resistance and strength properties, the Grade 316L Cr-Ni-Mo alloys also provide excellent fabricability and formability which are typical of the austenitic stainless steels.
Grade 316L may be considered for a wide variety of applications where one or more of the following properties are important:
Resists atmospheric corrosion, more resistant than Grade 304
Resists corrosion in polluted marine atmospheres
Prevention of product contamination
Resistance to oxidation
Easily welded and processed by standard shop fabrication practices.
Hot and cold working
Beauty of appearance
Ease of cleaning
Good strength and toughness at cryogenic temperatures
Ready availability of a wide range of product forms
CH EMICAL C OMPO SITION AND PHYSICAL PROPERTIES FOR 316L
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The high corrosion resistance of 316L allows for its use in widely range of industries, includes:
Food preparation equipment
Chemical processing for inks, rayons, photographic chemicals….
Laboratory benches and equipment
Rubber, plastics, pulp & paper machinery
Pollution control equipment
Boat fitting, value and pump trim
Pharmaceutical industries, surgical and medical implants, including pins, screws and orthopaedic implants
Condensers, evaporators and tanks
Architecture and marine applications