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Type 316/316L Stainless SteelType 316/316L Stainless Steel

Austenitic Stainless Steel with added Molybdenum

Type 316 is an austenitic stainless steel with added molybdenum which gives the alloy improved corrosion resistance. It is commercially almost as popular as 304. The mechanical properties of the alloy are similar to Type 304 except that this grade is stronger at elevated temperatures. Type 316L is a low carbon version of Type 316 which minimizes carbide precipitation due to welding.

Weldability of 316 alloys is excellent and machinability is good. Corrosion resistance is good - excellent pitting resistance and good resistance to most chemicals involved in such industries as paper, photographic and textiles.

Key Features:

Type 316 stainless steel is an austenitic grade with added molybdenum. The alloy offers improved corrosion resistance when compared with Type 304, particularly in chloride environments. Type 316L should be used for welding applications.

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Download Type 316/316L Stainless Steel Datasheet

Typical Applications:

  • Heat exchangers
  • Pressure vessels
  • Chemical containers
  • Food preparation equipment
  • Furnace parts
  • Valves & pumps


We offer Type 316 Stainless Steel in round bar, flat bar, plate, sheet, wire, hexagon and tube and can process your material in-house at one of our dedicated UK service centres. We have thirty power saws available throughout the Smiths Group including a fully automated magazine feed CNC rod blanking line.

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