Stainless steel refers to a vast selection of steel alloys that contain at least 10.5% chromium. A few of the most popular grades of stainless steel are 304, 316, and 430—the first digit signals the family and the last two indicate type. Each grade contains varying levels of alloying elements that contribute to its corrosion resistance, flexibility, weldability, strength, magnetism, and other physical and mechanical properties. Common alloying elements include silicon, carbon, nickel, manganese, and molybdenum.
SSP specializes in 316/316L stainless steel tubing and pipe fittings. Learn more about this versatile stainless steel grade and how it compares to other grade families.