316L Stainless Steel Sheet

316L stainless steel sheet is one of the most popular stainless steel products. Kloeckner Metals is proud to supply it nationwide throughout our network of 40+ branches.

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Typical Standards

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316LInquire for sizes

General Info About 316L

316L stainless steel sheet is one of the most versatile stainless products. Its excels in marine, city, rural, freshwater, and soil exposure – showing no rust, pitting, or staining. Its superior corrosion resistance makes it suitable for applications like digesters, space jet engine components, mining, and medical device equipment.

More Details About 316L

  • Advantages/Disadvantages

    This stainless steel grade shows high strength and hardness at cryogenic temperatures. It demonstrates excellent corrosion resistance and can be conveniently welded. It is highly ductile and formable. One disadvantage of 316L is that it is non-hardenable by heat treatment.

  • Industries

    316L stainless steel sheet is most commonly used in the food and dairy, textile, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, and bioprocessing industries for a range of applications.

  • Applications

    Digesters, chemical processing equipment, and applications with prolonged exposure to cryogenic temperatures or corrosive environments are common for this grade.

  • Machining

    It is machinable. However, for best machining outcomes it it best to machine this stainless steel grade with lubrication, large feed rate, and slow speed, and sharp strong tooling.

  • Welding

    316L is weldable.

  • Heat Treatment

    It is not heat treatable.

Chemical Properties

CMnPSSiCrNiMo
0.03% max2%0.045%0.03% max1.0018 - 20%10 - 14%2 - 3%

Mechanical Properties

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What makes this stainless steel grade's corrosion resistance superior?

    ANSWER:

    316L is more resistant to atmospheric corrosion than many other stainless steel grades. The combination of molybdenum and nickel make it more resistant to most environments (with the exception of nitric acid). When standing up to chloride, phosphoric, or sulfuric acid at moderate to high concentration levels, this grade shows minimal contamination, pitting, and crevice corrosion, even at sustained temperatures up to 120°F. It performs extremely well at temperatures below 100°F.

  • What's the difference between 316 and 316L?

    ANSWER:

    316L is the ultra low carbon variant, with just slightly less carbon at .03% vs .08%. It has a high chromium content between 18% and 20%, a nickel content between 10% and 14%, and molybdenum between 2% and 3%. The lower carbon variant performs  better in corrosive environments.

  • What is the max Brinell hardness of this stainless steel grade?

    ANSWER:

    The max Brinell hardness number for 316L stainless is 217.

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