AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL (including 304L)
Type 304 stainless steels have a lower carbon content which minimises chromium carbide precipitation due to welding and its susceptibility to intergranular corrosion. It is an austenitic alloy which contains 8% nickel and 18% chrome. 304 benefits from reasonable machinability whilst weldability and forming characteristics are excellent. Complex shapes can be formed due to the alloys low yield strength and high elongation. The material also benefits from very good drawability.
Type 304L is the low carbon version of 304, does not require post-weld annealing and so is extensively used in heavy gauge components (over about 6mm). The alloy can be successfully welded using common techniques.
Typical commercial applications for Type 304 stainless steel alloy include:
- Springs, nuts, bolts & screws
- Chemical and pharmaceutical equipment
- Sinks and splash backs
- 18% chrome and 8% nickel content
- Can be welded by common techniques
- Reasonable machinability
- Good drawability
We stock 304 stainless steel in round bar, plate, sheet, wire and tube. We welcome stock enquiries from both domestic and international customers.