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Stainless Steel

We carry a large range of Stainless Steel products in various grades, forms and finishes.

Our standard range includes the following;

  • Stainless Steel Sheet our range includes 1.4301/1.4307 (304/304L) and 1.4401/1.4404 (316/316L)
  • Stainless Steel Round Bar our range includes 1.4305 (303), 1.4301/1.4307 (304/304L) and 1.4401/1.4404 (316/316L)
  • Stainless Steel Flat Bar our range includes 1.4301/1.4307 (304/304L) and 1.4401/1.4404 (316/316L)
  • Stainless Steel Hexagon our range includes 1.4305 (303) and 1.4401/1.4404 (316/316L)

In addition to the above products, we also carry a large range of Stainless Steel Tube, Pipe and Fittings.

We can offer tube for handrails and balustrades in various polishes and finishes, to suit each individual application.  We also offer Seamless and Welded Pipe and Tube, and supply the flanges to suit.

Examples of Stainless Steel Balutrades and Handrails

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There are many advantages of using Stainless Steel, most notably its very high corrosion resistance.  The most common forms of Stainless Steel are broken down into the following categories.

  • Ferritic – These steels are based on Chromium with small amounts of Carbon usually less than 0.10%. These steels have a similar microstructure to carbon and low alloy steels. They are usually limited in use to relatively thin sections due to lack of toughness in welds. However, where welding is not required they offer a wide range of applications. They cannot be hardened by heat treatment. High Chromium steels with additions of Molybdenum can be used in quite aggressive conditions such as sea water. Ferritic steels are also chosen for their resistance to stress corrosion cracking. They are not as formable as austenitic stainless steels. They are magnetic.

  • Austenitic - These steels are the most common. Their microstructure is derived from the addition of Nickel, Manganese and Nitrogen. It is the same structure as occurs in ordinary steels at much higher temperatures. This structure gives these steels their characteristic combination of weldability and formability. Corrosion resistance can be enhanced by adding Chromium, Molybdenum and Nitrogen. They cannot be hardened by heat treatment but have the useful property of being able to be work hardened to high strength levels whilst retaining a useful level of ductility and toughness. Standard austenitic steels are vulnerable to stress corrosion cracking. Higher nickel austenitic steels have increased resistance to stress corrosion cracking. They are nominally non-magnetic but usually exhibit some magnetic response depending on the composition and the work hardening of the steel.

  • Martensitic - These steels are similar to ferritic steels in being based on Chromium but have higher Carbon levels up as high as 1%. This allows them to be hardened and tempered much like carbon and low-alloy steels. They are used when high strength and moderate corrosion resistance is required. They are more common in long products than in sheet and plate. They have generally low weldability and formability. They are also magnetic.

  • Duplex and "Super Duplex" - These steels have a microstructure which is approximately 50% ferritic and 50% austenitic which gives them a higher strength than either ferritic or austenitic steels. They are resistant to stress corrosion cracking. “Superduplex” steels have enhanced strength and resistance to all forms of corrosion compared to standard austenitic steels. They are weldable but need care in selection of welding consumables and heat input. They have moderate formability. They are magnetic but not so much as the ferritic, martensitic and PH grades due to the 50% austenitic phase. 

The fact Stainless Steel is 100% recyclable aswell as incredibly durable makes it a very popular choice for a wide range of applications.

Our sales team are ready to assist with any enquiries you may have on 01794 521070, or complete the enquiry form on the website.

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