Existing steel alloys are mainly subdivided into metallurgical families. These families classify each variation of stainless steel, taking its crystalline structure as the first reference. Within the currently known categories we have ferritic, austenitic, martensitic and duplex stainless steel. Next, let’s learn more about the AISI 304 stainless steel family of the 300 series, one of the materials used in the manufacture of the accessories of our products:
The 300 series stainless steel family is the austenitic family. It is a group of chrome-nickel stainless steels that are widely used today. One of the best known and most used steels in this series is AISI 304 stainless steel.
These steels have one of the highest corrosion resistance among all variations of the alloys. They are materials with good weldability, high ductility and low brittleness. An important factor of these austenitic alloys is that they are not ferromagnetic.
AISI 304 alloy is one of the most used and common today. Also known as 18/8 or A2, it is a non-magnetic material that has high resistance to corrosion. Its mechanical and physical properties are as follows: Tensile strength of 585 Mpa, yield stress of 235 Mpa and a density of 7.93 g/cm3.
At a superficial level, this material finishes within which the satin stands out. It requires relatively easy maintenance and cleaning and has high durability. The corrosion protection layer resists various climatic conditions and does not require special anti-corrosion coatings.
Type 304 is widely used in commonly used items. The best known are utensils, cutlery and kitchen equipment. At an industrial level, it is used in the manufacture of equipment for handling various products. It is also used in the manufacture of pipes, heat exchanger components, among others. On the other hand, in the food industry it plays an important role. It is essential in the manufacture of dairy and food handling equipment and utensils, thanks to its anticorrosive properties.
Finally, at a structural and architectural level, it is a material widely used in the manufacture of products for interiors and exteriors. It is the material used in the manufacture of modular railings, accessories for facades, doors and any element that requires durability and quality.
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