Recyclable and Sustainable Stainless Steel Since 1915 when stainless steel was first introduced, stainless steel has been selected for countless applications across a wide array of industries due to its excellent mechanical and corrosion properties. Now, as more and more emphasis is placed on choosing materials that are sustainable, stainless steel is also gaining significant Continue Reading →
Stainless Steel and LEED Certification LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. LEED certification promotes design and construction practices that increase profitability, while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings, and improving occupant health and well-being. LEED certification is obtained based on a point system, and includes many areas that are directly or Continue Reading →
The differences between a 316L and a 316 straight grade are two-fold both in chemistry and mechanical properties. The L grade has a lower maximum carbon limit and the straight grade has increased mechanical properties. If material is certified as straight grade, the carbon content would have to be at a level of 0.030% maximum Continue Reading →
Early Duplex Development: Duplex stainless steels, which combine many of the beneficial properties of ferritic and austenitic steels, were originally developed in the early 1930′s. The initial duplex grades provided good performance characteristics, but had limitations in the as-welded condition. The metallurgical processes at that time were not suitable for producing grades with the right Continue Reading →
Early Stainless Steel Development: The development of stainless steel occurred over about a 100 year time period, and was based on the accomplishments of numerous individuals. In 1821, Pierre Berthier, a French Metallurgist, discovered that iron-chromium alloys were resistant to some acids. He had the foresight to suggest their use for cutlery, but the resulting Continue Reading →
This post covers a number of popular and common industry terms used in stainless steel processing.