Are Stainless Steel Plates Ideal for Your Requirements?

BY Rowena Taylor

Stainless Steel PlatesOne of the metals that you can use for your nameplates is stainless steel. These plates can be used in many different ways and for many different reasons. While some people think that all stainless steel are the same, those who are familiar with the metal know that there are actually a number of variants available for your use. There are those that are harder than others, and there are also a few that are more corrosive resistant than the rest.

There are also stainless steel plates that are great for use in salt water environments, and still a few more that can be easily machined and won’t crack too easily. The differences in the qualities that certain stainless steel types have is due to the combination of chromium and iron in the alloy. This gives you the different properties that each type has, with some being more heat resistant than most, and a few being more malleable than others.

Before you do decide to use this particular metal for your metal nameplate creation needs, you should know that while the different types of this metal do have different qualities ideal for certain applications, they do have similar ones as well. To show you what these are, here are some of the inherent qualities of stainless steel plates to help you determine whether or not these are ideal for your needs.

Corrosion Resistance – these metal plates are resistant to corrosion and won’t rust that easily, although this does not mean that these won’t rust at all, depending on the conditions. If you place this particular metal in a condition that has high salinity and low oxygen, there is a possibility this will corrode if the metal grade is not made for these environs. Other than these conditions, you will notice that stainless steel won’t rust or deteriorate like other metals that are not called “stainless”.

Acid Resistant – these metals are also acid resistant, with type 304 stainless steel being the most resistant to acid. Some other types are less resistant, but can withstand acids at lower concentrations. This is also dependent on the kind of acid the metal is exposed to. Most are resistant to phosphoric acid, and to nitric acid. A few are resistant to sulfuric acid, but all stainless steel deteriorate when exposed to hydrochloric acid.

Thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity – these metals can conduct heat really well, but do not conduct electricity that well. This makes this metal ideal for a variety of uses that require the conduction of heat but not of electricity, like with induction burners and the like.

Malleable but durable – while stainless steel plates are easily formed and shaped, these are also durable. This makes them great for use as pots, pans, knives, and nameplates.

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