All you need to know about stainless steel 304 pipes and tubes

Stainless Steel 304 is one of the most versatile and widely used stainless steel grades in the market. Stainless Steel 304 is an Austenitic Chromium Alloy that is also known as 18/8 Stainless Steel due to its Chromium 18 % and Nickel composition of 8 %. A Stainless Steel 304 grade, on the other hand, is susceptible to corrosion by chloride alternatives. In the case of Stainless Steel, 304 Pipes and Tubes have a high saline environment such as outdoor coastal areas or cold areas.

Properties of Stainless Steel Grade 304

  • Pitting and cracking, which are mainly localized corrosion areas, can be caused by chloride ions.
  • Weldability is exceptional in these Stainless steel 304 Tubes as it has excellent welding properties as welding thin sections do not necessitate post-weld annealing. For maximum corrosion resistance, bulky segments of Stainless Steel 304 may require post-weld heat treatment.
  • The Heat treatment on these Stainless Steel 304 Tubes is done at temperatures ranging from 1010 to 1120 Degree Celsius and is quickly cooled, as the thermal treatments could harden these 304 Pipes/ Tubes.
  • Heat treatment is a critical step in the production of stainless steel pipes. Heat treatment is essential for producing stainless steel 304 tubes with high strength and durability.

Applications of Stainless Steel Grade 304 Pipes and Tubes 

  • Stainless Steel 304 Pipes that are seamless or welded are used in a variation of industry sectors, particularly food processing because they are resistant to acid corrosion caused by common foods.
  • This Stainless Steel Pipe is appropriate for chemical drainage systems, huge industrial washing machines, industrial food processing facilities, and kitchen appliances.
  • Stainless steel 304 pipes are found in thermal Condensers and synthetic vessels, and pipes and used in breweries.
  • Stainless Steel 304 Tubes can also be used in constructions in environments where standard carbon steel would corrode.
  • Grade 304 Pipes are used in water filtration systems as well as mining systems. In comparison to other grade types, it is available in a variety of sizes and shapes. It can be used without annealing too.

Stainless steel 304 has outstanding hardenability in all conventional fusion practices, with or without filler metals. These Pipes and Tubes are available in standard Bore size, i.e. 12 inches to 16 inches of Seamless Pipes/ Tubes, 12 to 24 inches EFW Pipes/ Tubes, and these stainless steel 304 welded pipes are offered in ⅛ to 30 inches.  The Stainless Steel 304 Welded Pipe is made by welding a small strip or sheet of stainless steel. Seamless, welded, or LSAW pipes come in round, square, rectangular, and hydraulic shapes.