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What is Stainless Steel and Why Use It?

Written by Fred on . Posted in Astm b150, Examples of alloys, Uses of alloys

Stainless steel is one of the most used terms in reference to metal products but few people ready understand what the term refers to. So what is stainless steel? By definition, stainless steel is a low-carbon steel that has 10% more chromium by weight. The presence of chromium compound in steel allows the carbon steel to resist corrosion. However, there is a more amazing aspect of stainless steel than just corrosion resistance. When carbon steel is enriched with chromium, it creates a film that initiates self-healing in the event of mechanical or chemical damage which proves that oxidation is present. This means that the more chromium present in the steel, the more enhanced the properties become. Adding nitrogen, nickel and molybdenum can further enhance these properties. There are many stainless steel uses but why do people prefer stainless steel products?

Uses of Stainless Steel

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