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What's the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel? steel plate

The simple answer is 304 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel while 316 stainless steel contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum is added to help resist corrosion to chlorides (like sea water and de-icing salts). I found the brochure Stainless Steel for Coastal and Salt Corrosion Applications to be very helpful as a general reference for using stainless steel in our area.

 

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