Differentiation Between 304 vs 316 Stainless Steel Grade – The Definitive Guide

Stainless Steel is the most useful material in today’s time in every applications.

We all know stainless steel has differentiated in major 4 stainless steel families.

  • Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Ferritic Stainless Steel
  • Duplex Stainless Steel
  • Martensitic Stainless Steel

But did you know?                                 

Stainless steel has more than 100 grades for different industrial usage.

In today’s topic, we are discussing what are the major differences and importance of stainless steel grade 304 & 316.

Let’s start!!

If you are running industries and your industrial work most of based on stainless steel so it’s very necessary you have proper information about stainless steel bars & their grades.

But if you don’t have proper knowledge about stainless steel grade we are here to help you!!

Today we will give all the information about stainless steel grade 304 & 316.

No Stainless Steel Grade 304 Stainless Steel Grade 316
1 Non-Magnetic austenitic, and non-hard enable through heat treatment. Non-magnetic, austenitic, and non-hard enable through heat treatment.
2 304, without the addition of molybdenum 316, with its addition of molybdenum
3 Have a corrosion resistance ability but less than grade 316 Good corrosion resistance ability more than grade 304
4 Less expensive More expensive
5 Combination of carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulphur, silicon, chromium, nickel, nitrogen Combination of carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulphur, silicon, chromium, nickel, nitrogen, molybdenum, iron Bal.

Now here we discuss some important benefits of stainless steel grade 304 & 316

Benefits are very important before choosing stainless steel grade for industrial usage.

Benefits of grade 304:

  • Lowest Cost
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Resistance to Oxidation
  • No Limitation on Fabrication

On above information & benefits 304 stainless steel grade is most useful & suitable for electrical enclosures, auto molding, and trim, kitchen equipment, hose clamps, exhaust manifolds, stainless hardware, storage tanks, pressure vessels and piping industrial application.

Benefits of grade 316:

  • Superior Corrosion Resistance
  • Chlorine Resistance
  • Easy to Fabricate

On the above benefits & information, 316 stainless steel grades is most suitable for marine application, fastener manufacturer, pharmaceutical, paper & pulp, and surgical equipment industrial application.

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