STAINLESS STEEL OVERVIEW: FEATURES & BENEFITS
The many unique values provided by stainless steel make it a powerful candidate
in materials selection. Engineers, specifiers and designers often underestimate
or overlook these values because of what is viewed as the higher initial cost
of stainless steel. However, over the total life of a project, stainless is
often the best value option.
Lower alloyed grades resist corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments,
while high-alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline
solutions, and chlorine bearing environments, properties which are utilized
Fire and heat resistance
Special high chromium and nickel-alloyed grades resist scaling and retain
strength at high temperatures.
The easy cleaning ability of stainless makes it the first choice for strict
hygiene conditions, such as hospitals, kitchens, abattoirs and other food
The bright, easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides a modern
and attractive appearance.
The work-hardening property of austenitic grades, that results in a significant
strengthening of the material from cold-working alone, and the high strength
duplex grades, allow reduced material thickness over conventional grades,
therefore cost savings.
Ease of fabrication
Modern steel-making techniques mean that stainless can be cut, welded, formed,
machined, and fabricated as readily as traditional steels.
The austenitic microstructure of the 300 series provides high toughness,
from elevated temperatures to far below freezing, making these steels particularly
suited to cryogenic applications.
Long term value
When the total life cycle costs are considered, stainless is often the least
expensive material option.
Learn more about Life Cycle Cost evaluation.
Stainless steel is one of the most sustainable material choices available to decision makers. See the Sustainability Section for more information."