316L Stainless Steel Plate

316L stainless steel plate is a widely used stainless steel product with excellent corrosion resistance. Kloeckner Metals is proud to supply it nationwide throughout our network of 40+ branches.

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General Info About 316L

316L stainless steel plate is a versatile austenitic stainless steel product that demonstrates superior resistance to corrosion. The addition of molybdenum leads to exceptional performance in corrosive environments making it a commonly chosen material for chemical processing equipment, heat exchangers, jet engine parts, evaporators, textile processing equipment, and tubing exposed to marine environments.

More Details About 316L

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    This stainless steel grade shows some of the best corrosion resistance within the stainless steel family and can be conveniently welded. It is also highly ductile and easy to form. Because 316L is an austenitic steel, it is non-hardenable by heat treatment.

  • Industries

    316L stainless steel plate can be found in the food and dairy, brewing, textile, chemical processing, and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Applications

    Applications for this stainless steel grade include digesters, chemical and textile processing equipment. Other applications where corrosion resistance is a top priority are common for this grade.

  • Machining

    It is machinable.

  • Welding

    316L is weldable. This stainless steel is easier to weld with less risk for intergranular corrosion and cracking than other stainless steels. Therefore it can be selected for applications where more welds are required.

  • Heat Treatment

    It is not heat treatable.

Chemical Properties

316L0.03% max2%0.045%0.03% max1.0018 - 20%10 - 14%2 - 3%

Mechanical Properties

Mechanical Properties
Tensile Strength, Ultimate538 MPa78 ksi
Tensile Strength, Yield207 MPa30 ksi
Elongation at Break (in 2")55%55%
Rockwell HardnessB76B76

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does this stainless steel grade perform at elevated temperatures?


    It performs extremely well at temperatures up to 120°F.

  • What is marine grade stainless steel?


    Marine grade stainless steels are specifically engineered to withstand highly corrosive environments, like where high concentrations of acids are present.

  • What are the types of 316 stainless steel?


    You might notice the letters L, F, N, or H following some stainless steels and wonder what these letters mean. These letters indicate slight differences in chemical composition and suggest how a particular stainless steel grade should be used. In the case of 316L, the L indicates that there is less carbon than is found in the 316 grade. It is considered the “ultra low” carbon variant.

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