316 and 304 stainless steel plates and sheets are two common types of stainless steel alloys used in a variety of industries because of their distinct properties. Both alloys are primarily composed of iron, chromium, and nickel, but in varying proportions.
304 stainless steel is a low-carbon alloy that contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. It is widely used in applications such as food processing equipment, chemical processing, and medical devices due to its corrosion resistance. It is also simple to fabricate and weld.
In contrast, 316 stainless steel contains 16-18% chromium, 10-14% nickel, and 2-3% molybdenum. This additional molybdenum content improves corrosion resistance, which is especially important in harsh environments like marine or chemical applications. It is also known for its high strength and resistance to heat.
316 and 304 stainless steel plates and sheets are available in a range of thicknesses and sizes, from thin sheets to thick plates. They can also have various finishes, such as a smooth, polished surface or a brushed finish.
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