304 / 304L stainless steel
304 / 304L stainless steel, also known as 18/8 stainless and often referred to as 302, is the most common stainless steel. 304 stainless steel contains a higher chromium and lower carbon content than other variations of type 302. It can be used in an "as welded" condition, while 302 must be annealed. AISI 304 is used in a variety of household and industrial applications. 304L is an even lower carbon version of 304 stainless steel and can be used in more corrosive environments such as salt water and chemical containers.
Both 304 and 304L can be used in the welded condition as opposed to the annealed condition and still maintain resistance to corrosion and lend themselves to many types of fabrication.These grades resist corrosion and are often used in the food industry.
Standard Inventory Specifications
UNS S30403,UNS S30400,AMS 5513,AMS 5511,AMS 5647,ASTM A 240,ASME SA 240,W.NR 1.4307,PWA-LCS,GE-S400/1000,RR SABRe Edition 2,DFARS Compliant,SAE AMS 5513
Most common Austenitic stainless steel with various applications.
304 stainless steel: Non-magnetic, good corrosion & thermal resistance, mechanical properties.
304L stainless steel: Low-carbon type of 304 with all qualities of 304, while with excellent inter-granular corrosion resistance and weldability.
304 stainless steel: Architecture, Decoration, Chemical industry, Food processing equipment, Medicine, Fiber industry and Auto components.
304L stainless steel: Chemical, Coal, Petroleum and Neclear energy industry, and the heat-resistant parts and where are difficult to make heat treatment after welding.