The many unique benefits provided by stainless steel make it a powerful candidate when selecting drains, grating and components. Engineers, architects and designers often underestimate or overlook these values because of what is viewed as the higher initial cost of stainless steel. However, over the total life of a project, stainless is often the best value option for drains.
What is Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is a low carbon steel which contains chromium at 10% or more by weight. It is this addition of chromium that gives the steel its unique stainless, corrosion resisting properties. The chromium content of the steel allows the formation of a tough, adherent, invisible, corrosion-resisting chromium oxide film on the steel surface. If damaged mechanically or chemically, this film is self-healing, provided that oxygen, even in very small amounts, is present.
StainlessDrains.com uses 304 and 316 grades of stainless steel. These grades are steel alloys with 17-25% Chromium and 8-25% Nickel. Typical uses for these grades include food equipment, chemical equipment and architectural applications.
Benefits of Stainless Steel
Corrosion resistance – lower-alloyed grades resist corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments, while high-alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chlorine bearing environments, properties which are utilized in process plants.
Fire and heat resistance – special high chromium and nickel-alloyed grades resist scaling and retain strength at high temperatures.
Hygiene and sanitation – the easy cleaning ability of stainless makes it the first choice for strict hygiene conditions, such as hospitals, restaurants, kitchens and food processing plants.
Aesthetic appearance – the bright, easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides a modern and attractive appearance.
Strength-to-weight advantage – the work-hardening property of austenitic grades results in a significant strengthening of the material from cold-working alone, and the high strength duplex grades allow for reduced material thickness over conventional grades, therefore reducing costs.
Ease of fabrication – modern steel-making techniques mean that stainless can be cut, welded, formed, machined, and fabricated as readily as traditional steels.
Impact resistance – the austenitic microstructure of the 300 series provides high toughness, from elevated temperatures to far below freezing, making these steels particularly suited to cryogenic applications.
Long term value – when the total life cycle costs are considered, stainless is often the least expensive material option.
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