According to the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), stainless steel is an iron-based alloy containing a minimum of 10.5% chromium. Assuming there is sufficient exposure to oxygen and the surface is adequately prepared, an invisible protective passive chromium-rich oxide film automatically forms, improving the corrosion resistance and durability of the material. That, along with the following advantages, is also an important reason to choose stainless steel for your next metal fabrication project.
Corrosion resistance refers to the stainless material’s inherent ability to prevent environmental deterioration, particularly regarding rust, mitigating unnecessary economic impacts. According to NACE International, the global cost of corrosion is estimated to be US$2.5 trillion, while prevention methods have estimated savings between 15 and 35 percent. Choosing to use stainless steel can help you achieve significant cost savings.
Stainless steel is renowned for its fire and heat resistance. According to the SSINA, it is resistant to significant deformation at temperatures up to 1000° Fahrenheit, making it a suitable choice for metal fabrication projects – mainly when the product will be used in environments exposed to extreme heat. The material is equally resistant to impacts in various temperatures, even those below freezing, therefore ideal for chilled water piping.
One of the most attractive selling points associated with stainless steel is that the material is 100% recyclable. At the end of the product’s service life, the material can be reclaimed and recycled into the same without compromising quality, reducing resource use (SSINA). Selecting a suitable material and adopting a maintenance plan are the single most important considerations to promote your product’s performance.
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“Sustainable Stainless Steel.” Specialty Steel Industry of North America.
“Stainless Steel Primer.” Specialty Steel Industry of North America.
“Technical Resources: General questions about stainless steel.” Specialty Steel Industry of North America.