Why Stainless Steel
Early in the development of this Chromium alloy steel when used for cutlery it was described as “Stain less steel”.
The description stainless steel was later adopted to cover a wide and ever growing family of steels with added metals such as Nickel for formability, Molybdenum for corrosion resistance and Copper to enhance properties for making fasteners and Titanium to stabilise.
The main demand for stainless steel really is for corrosion resistance, this will depend on selecting the right grade of stainless steel for the application. Even though stainless steel is designed to be corrosion resistant when correct selection is made this does not repel stains in anyway, this needs to be either brought about by a cleaning routine, or accept that in day to day usage there will be some build-up of contaminates on the surface. This can look unsightly and can ultimately lead to corrosion.
Stainless steel has many important properties over other non-corrosive materials, including its formability, resistance to fire and recyclability. Some more key properties are listed below:
- Corrosion resistance
- High and low temperature resistance
- Ease of fabrication
- Aesthetic appeal
- Hygienic properties
- Stainless steel is a durable
- low maintenance
- High scrap value
- Many surface finishes
- Magnetic & non magnetic
- Low life cycle cost
Note there are a wide range of stainless steels Austenitic, Ferritic, Martensitic and Duplex all offering many solutions and grades to meet industry requirements. Careful selection is important, BS Stainless can help with this and offer options in stainless steel wire, coil, strip and plate to meet your needs.