how to tell the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel

        If some ask what are the most common grade stainless steel materials are being produced,exported and imported in China? The obvious answer will be 304 and 316.

        These two grades are belonging 300 family series,however both grade has many difference.

        So how to tell the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel ?

        The first difference is the alloy content,especially for Nickle,Chromium and Molybdenum.

        In 304,it has 8% Ni,18% Cr and no Mo,however in 316,it contents 10% Ni,16% Cr and 2.0% min.,so 316 has more important alloy than 304,which result in a higher prices in 316 than 304.

        Secondly is destiny,due to more adding the alloy in 316,and 316 has more heavier structure than 304,so destiny in 316 is usually 7.95 to 7.98/m3,however in 304,its usual destiny is 7.93/m3


        The 3rd main difference is at usage and application.304 is mainly used in common and regular fields,like household,building,decoration and other fields connected tightly with people’s diary.

        However 316 materials are mainly used in industry,chemical,containers and some fields with sea water or corrosion resistance circumstances.


        Anyway the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel is broad and hard to tell clearly under a short summary.If any customer wish to know difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel,plz reach us,thank you.



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