STAINLESS STEEL PRODUCTS
WHAT IS STAINLESS STEEL?
Stainless steel is the universal name for a number of different steels used primarily for their anti-corrosive element. This steel has been developed to resist a number of corrosive environments. It ensures that our workplaces are safe, that buildings last longer and that our food preparation surfaces are hygienic. It is also an earth friendly material; it can be melted down, recycled and made into something else.
WHAT IS IT MADE OF?
Stainless steel is always made using chromium. The minimum amount of chromium used is 10.5%; it is chromium that makes the steel stainless. Chromium also improves the corrosion resistance by forming a chromium oxide film on the steel. This very thin layer, when placed under the right conditions, can also be self-repairing. There are other elements used to make this steel as well, including nickel, nitrogen andmolybdenum. Bringing these elements together forms different crystal structures that enable a variety of properties in machining, welding and forming.
WHERE AND WHAT CAN IT BE USED FOR?
There are four major types of stainless steel. Of these, austenitic is the most widely used type. It has a nickel content of at least 7%, which makes it very flexible. It is used in a range of houseware products, industrial piping and vessels, constructional structures and architectural facades.