Stainless steel pipe is a material that is commonly used in a variety of applications. It is a corrosion-resistant metal that can withstand low and high temperatures. These pipes can be manufactured in many different forms, including seamless, welded, and beveled. Various materials can be added to stainless steel to enhance its properties.
Stainless steel is an iron-based alloy that has low chromium content. This gives it a protective oxide layer that protects it from corrosion. At higher temperatures, the surface layer can be strengthened to improve corrosion resistance. The alloy's magnetic response makes it useful for cryogenic applications.
Stainless steel is used for sanitary applications, such as water delivery, in hospitals, and in food processing plants. It is also popular in mining. Many mining operations use stainless steel in their bunk beds, and other equipment.
In some processes, stainless steel can reach a temperature of -196 degrees C. For this reason, it is important to select the right grade. A cross reference table can help find the equivalent grades.
In addition, stainless steel is durable, and can be fabricated with low maintenance. However, it is relatively expensive compared to other options. Stainless steel pipes are generally made with an iron-based alloy that contains a minimum chromium content of 10.5%.
Depending on the end application, various tolerance levels are set. Some grades require 0.5 % nitric acid solution.
Besides its excellent corrosion resistance, stainless steel also offers greater resistance to carbide precipitation. Furthermore, the alloy is easy to clean and maintain for an attractive appearance.