When looking into using a metal alloy for your industrial project, it’s important to know the different stainless steel grades. In construction, stainless steel is one of the four most common metals alongside carbon steel, aluminum, and copper. As a whole, stainless steel has a vast array of uses throughout many different industries. To find the industries that rely on this awesome alloy, we first need to learn about the different types.
What is condition A stainless steel?
Condition A stainless steel is a variation of 304, one of the most common stainless steels in the world. Condition A is highly resistant to corrosion, making it useful in industries susceptible to this issue. It is an annealed metal, meaning it has gone through a heat treatment to make it more ductile and to give it that extra anticorrosive edge.
All of the characteristics of condition A stainless steel contribute to its wide use in the automotive, marine, oil, petrochemical, and aerospace industries.
What is condition B stainless steel?
Condition B stainless steel is a variation of 304 and has also been annealed. Quite differently, though, type 304 condition B is much stronger and less ductile. This is accomplished through a cold working process. Cold working is the process in which stainless steel is left to cool to a temperature just hot enough to work it into the shape it needs to be for the end product.
So, what is condition B stainless steel used for? Typically it is used for heavyweight fasteners, clips, carabiners, and any linkage device that requires rigid unyielding strength to keep it secure.
We take metal alloys very seriously at Diversified Metals. These are just two examples of alloys. There is an alloy for every job and a job for every alloy. Copper, aluminum, carbon steel, and every other metal used in the industrial world plays a large role in the lives of every member of society. Cars, trucks, planes, your sink, the very pillars of your office block, and the tie clip that keeps you presentable are all products that utilize an alloy. Where we differ is in the belief that each alloy has a specific place and a specific use. If you call us today, be prepared for every last bit of information you need to make the right decision on which alloy to use for your industrial product.