Grade 1.4404 or 316L is an austenitic stainless steel type AISI 316 which has very good corrosion resistance due to its high chromium and molybdenum content combined with a low carbon content. Its strength in the hardened condition is around 600 MPa for large diameters but can be increased by cold working for small sections.
Stainless has a number of qualified sources in stock as well as different sizes or tempers of the product to suit your processing requirements. This product can also be custom made or cut into slabs by our service centres.
Among the many applications are products for the mechanical, chemical, oil, watchmaking, food and beverage and medical industries for the instrumentation part.
The material is available in annealed temper condition for large diameters or cold worked temper for small sections.
The grade is generally air workemelted (EAF) followed by AOD for decarburisation. The microstructure is made up of austenitic grains with carbides dissolution in order to resist intergranular corrosion (see typical micrograph below in the annealed condition).
The grade can be hot forged in the 1150/1200°C temperature range. Annealing should be carried out after forging to restore the microstructure (dissolution of carbides).
MIG, TIG or other welding techniques can be used. The filler metal should be type 316L.
Annealing between 1050 and 1080°C followed by rapid quenching can be carried out after forging to restore corrosion resistance in particular, but no heat treatment can harden the grade.
The grade is highly resistant to general and pitting corrosion due to its high molybdenum content combined with its low carbon content. The lower carbon content places it above a conventional 316 steel.
Round/flat bars annealed or cold worked depending on the diameter – peeled or ground surface
Cold-worked or annealed sheets – Powders
Other formats: consult us
Stainless has a wide range of stainless steels from the world's leading producers.
Available formats: Strips, tubes, bars, wires, flat bars, forged blocks, powders
Other formats are available from stock or on order. Contact us.