Mechanical and physical properties

Stainless steels are often rightly associated with corrosion resistance… but they can do much more.

Non-corrosion properties of stainless steels

Stainless steels are often rightly associated with corrosion resistance… but they can do much more! The examples in this document illustrate the usefulness of other properties of stainless steel long products.

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Tables of technical properties of stainless steels (flat products)

The selection of the appropriate stainless steel grade for each application is the result of various considerations. In order to assist you in this selection, Euro Inox mad the following technical information available:

  • Chemical composition of stainless steels (flat products)
  • Physical properties of stainless steels
  • Mechanical properties of stainless steels (flat products)
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Magnetic properties of stainless steel

The magnetic attraction of ‘ferromagnetic’ ferritic martensitic and duplex stainless steels is compared to that of the low magnetic permeability austenitic types. Hard and soft ferromagnetic types are compared.
Source: British Stainless Steel Association

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High temperature resistance of stainless steel

Stainless steels are most commonly used for their corrosion resistance. The second most common reason stainless steels are used is for their high temperature properties; stainless steels can be found in applications where high temperature oxidation resistance is necessary, and in other applications where high temperature strength is required.
Source: AZO Materials

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Stainless steel property database

This section of the Hendrix Group site provided a series of articles on the properties, forms and uses of stainless steels.

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Stainless steel for machining

Describes the standard grades of stainless steel that have been specially designed to improve machinability, including types 203, 303, 430F, 416 and 429F.
Source: Specialty Industry of North America

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Typical chemical and physical properties of stainless steel

Chemical, physical and mechanical properties of stainless steels: 304 (austenitic), 430 (ferritic), 410 (martensitic).
Source: Specialty Steel Industry of North America

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Note on the sensitivity of stainless steel to strain rate

There is a growing interest for stainless steels in structural automotive applications. As a consequence, more questions are raised regarding the sensitivity of stainless steels to strain rate. This document attempts to summarize the published results for strain rates from 0,2 to 10%.
Source: Outokumpu

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Fatigue properties of stainless steel lap joints

Spot welded, adhesive bonded, weldbonded, laser welded and clinched joints of stainless steel sheets - a review of their fatigue properties.
Source: Outokumpu

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General properties of steels

A table lists the typical properties of steels, including stainless steels at room temperature (25°C). The wide ranges of ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, and hardness are largely due to different heat treatment conditions.
Source: engineering Fundamentals

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Stainless steel for designers

ISSF has developed a brochure to provide a handy reference source to help engineers and designers to decide whether to use stainless steel, and, if so, which grade to use. The brochure has chapters dealing with a wide range of relevant topics, from abrasion resistance to fire resistance and further on to mechanical and physical properties. The publications to which it refers can be downloaded from links provided in the brochure.

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