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Stainless Steel Material Composition Overview
Brief Overview of Stainless Steel...

Stainless steel is a remarkable versatile material with many applications.
Stainless Steel is the term used for grades of steel that contain more than 10% chromium, with or without other alloying elements. Stainless steel resists corrosion, maintains its strength at high temperatures, and is easily maintained. For these reasons, it is used widely in items such as automotive and food processing products, as well as medical and health equipment. Stainless steel are primarily used when corrosion or oxidation are a problem. The function they perform cannot be duplicated by other materials for their cost. “Stainless Steels”, are those ferrous alloys that contain a minimum of 12% chromium for corrosion resistance. Several important sub-categories of stainless steels have been developed. EroSteel uses Type 316-"L" Grade Surgical Stainless Steel in manufacturing our complete product line.

Why pay more for Stainless Steel?...

Long Term Value:
When total life cycle costs are considered, stainless steel is often the least expensive material option. You can get similar cock and ball toys on the web for less than we sell them. What you can't get is the quality we are offering. Translation: Buy one stainless unit for about 25% more than the cost of a chrome plated brass unit, and have it for years... or buy a cheaper chrome plated one, then buy it again, and again, and again. Benefits: Corrosion resistance; Fire and Heat Resistance; Hygiene; Aesthetic Appearance; Impact Resistance; Long Term Value; and Safety.

Stainless Steel Austenitic Grades...

Austenitic grades are those alloys which are commonly in use for stainless applications.
The austenitic grades are not magnetic. The most common austenitic alloys are iron-chromium-nickel steels and widely known as the 300 series. The austenitic stainless steels, because of their high chromium and nickel content, are the most corrosion resistant of the stainless group providing unusually fine mechanical properties. They cannot be hardened by heat treatment, but can be hardened significantly by cold-working.

"L" Grades...

The “L” grades are used to provide extra corrosion resistance after welding.
The letter “L” after a stainless steel type indicates low carbon. The carbon is kept to .03% or under to avoid carbide precipitation. Carbon in steel when heated to temperatures in what is called the critical range (800 degrees F to 1600 degrees F) precipitates out, combines with the chromium and gathers on the grain boundaries. This deprives the steel of the chromium in solution and promotes corrosion adjacent to the grain boundaries. By controlling the amount of carbon, this is minimized. For weldability, the “L” grades are used. You may ask why all stainless steels are not produced as “L” grades. There are a couple of reasons. First, the “L” grades are more expensive. In addition, carbon, at high temperatures imparts great physical strength.

Type '316'...

Type '316' contains 16% to 18% chromium and 11% to 14% nickel.
It also has molybdenum added to the nickel and chrome of the 304. The molybdenum is used to control pit type attack. Type '316' is used in chemical processing, the pulp and paper industry, for food and beverage processing and dispensing and in the more corrosive environments. Type '316' is austenitic (chromium-nickel stainless class) stainless steel containing 2%-3% molybdenum (whereas 304 has none). The inclusion of molybdenum gives '316' greater resistance to various forms of deterioration. So, while stainless steel is probably more expensive to buy in the beginning -- because it lasts a long time, it is usually cheaper in the long run because there is little or no maintenance. The grade of stainless steel we use resists corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments, and resists corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chlorine-bearing environments. Stainless steel is 100% RECYCLABLE.
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