301 Stainless Steel Sheet

301 stainless steel sheet is a high strength austenitic steel with excellent corrosion resistance. Kloeckner Metals proudly supplies it nationwide.

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General Info About 301

301 stainless steel sheet is a versatile austenitic steel with high strength and excellent corrosion resistance. Its primary alloying elements are chromium and nickel. It shows up in the aerospace, automotive, architecture, and transportation industries.

More Details About 301

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    This stainless steel grade demonstrates excellent corrosion resistance, high strength, and good ductility. High hardness combined with high strength achieved through cold working make 301 suitable for structural applications in aircraft and its excellent corrosion resistance meet food service equipment standards. It can be easily formed and drawn. This grade is non-hardenable by heat treatment.

  • Industries

    This steel grade is popular in a number of industries. This includes: food service, automotive, architecture, aerospace, and others.

  • Applications

    301 stainless is typically used in aircraft structural components, trailer bodies, trim for architecture and automotive, roof drainage, conveyor belts, train cars, appliances, cooking utensils, and more.

  • Machining

    It is machinable.

  • Welding

    It is weldable.

  • Heat Treatment

    It is not heat treatable.

Chemical Properties

0.15% max2% max0.045% max0.03% max.75% max16 - 18%6 - 8%0.1% max

Mechanical Properties

Mechanical Properties
Tensile Strength, Ultimate827 MPa120 ksi
Tensile Strength, Yield310 MPa45 ksi
Elongation at Break (in 2")60%60%
Rockwell HardnessB86B86

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between 301 and 304 stainless steel grades?


    The amount of chromium and nickel in 301 stainless steel is lower than in 304. The reduction of chromium and nickel extends the range of cold work-hardening capability which in turn produces higher tensile strengths.

  • How does this grade perform in lower temperature conditions?


    301 performs well in lower temperature conditions, especially where tensile strength is considered. For example, in the annealed condition 301 demonstrates an ultimate yield strength of 758 MPa (110 ksi). Once cold worked, that can increase to 1,276 MPa (185 ksi). High strengths achieved through cold work-hardening make this grade suitable for structural applications in colder temperatures.

  • What is austenitic steel?


    Austenitic stainless steel is a type of stainless steel. The other types of stainless steel are: ferritic, martensitic, duplex, and precipitation hardened. These 5 stainless steel classes are determined by their crystalline structures.

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