Top Uses for Stainless Steel
Why choose stainless steel for your next high-pressure flange or subsea connections manufacturing project? Aside from being strong, ductile, and resistant to corrosion and extreme temperatures, stainless steel is also trusted in a wide range of industries and applications:
Building and Construction
Stainless steel has a rich history in architecture and construction, particularly in roofing, facades, handrails, and countertops. The top of the Chrysler Building is one of the most famous examples of stainless steel in architecture. Today, stainless steels are even more common in construction due to its high durability and weldability.
Stainless steel is a popular material for cookware, cutlery, and commercial food processing equipment. Stainless steel is particularly popular for use with food due to its corrosion and rust resistance, which allow it to stand up to frequent washes and acidic foods. Stainless steel is also easy to sanitize for food safety. Typical grades of stainless steel for food production are 304 and 316.
Medical Equipment and Implants
The corrosion resistance of stainless steel also makes it a common material for medical supplies and implants, including surgical instruments, operating tables, pins and plates for broken bones, and replacement joints.
Electrical and nuclear power generation companies use stainless steel to protect power plants from oxidation. One of stainless steel’s main benefits to the energy industry is its corrosion resistance at high temperatures. Gas-fueled power plants usually favor steels with high nickel content, while nuclear power companies require low-cobalt steels.
Oil and Gas
The extreme environments of the oil and gas industry often require strong and highly corrosion-resistant materials such as stainless steel. Super duplex steel and other high-grade stainless steels are particularly popular for industrial flanges and other forged vessel components in oil rigging.
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