The Many Uses of Stainless Steel Plates

Stainless Steel Plates

There are many reasons why stainless steel plates are used for a wide variety of applications and products. One main reason is because of its high resistance to oxidation and corrosion. It is also resistant to abrasion and is easy to clean.

Stainless steel plates (and stainless steel in general) are also easy to form, has a clean and attractive appearance, and are relatively light yet very durable. These are also pretty malleable without compromising on strength, making it ideal for use with a lot of things.

Stainless steel is used by a huge number of industries and by many businesses due to this versatility, strength and corrosion resistance. The usage of these plates often depends on the plate grade. With so many plate grades available, you can be sure that this particular metal does see itself being used for a huge number of applications.

The different grades used to classify stainless steel plates consist of numbers and numbers with the letters H and L in the combinations. Which industry uses this particular metal and for what purpose depends on the steel plate grade. Stainless steel that comes with letters in their grade means something and this dictates where these can be used.

The H and L used in stainless steel grades often refer to whether it has low or high carbon content. L is for stainless steel plates with low carbon and H is for those with high carbon. When a plate grade does not carry any of these two letters, these are then called straight grades. Straight grade stainless steel is known to carry at least .08% carbon in them, but there is no strict requirement stating that these metals need to have a minimum amount of carbon in them.      

To further help you understand the uses of these different stainless steel grades, here are some of the more commonly produced stainless steel plate grades and where these are utilized:

  • 304 – This comes in three variations – 304, 304H and 304L. Part of the 300 series, this particular plate grade is often used in the food and beverage industry. This is due to the fact that this particular grade has the ability to keep contamination probabilities very low. This metal contains around 18% chromium and around 8% nickel.
  • 316 – Also part of the 300 series, this particular grade contains between 16% to 18% chromium and approximately 11% to 14% nickel. This is often used for environmental and marine applications due to its resistance to corrosion brought about by salty water.
  • 410 – This is heat treatable steel and can be used for the manufacture of surgical instruments, as well as strainers used in the food industry.