Stainless Steel Primer

Designer Handbook

This primer has been developed by the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) to help the novice or lay person understand some of the characteristics and uses of stainless steel. It is intended to be a "beginning" in learning about stainless steel and is not particularly comprehensive. SSINA has other publications that go into further detail on stainless steel. They are referenced throughout this primer and a complete listing is provided at the end of the publication.


Table of Contents

  • What is Stainless Steel?
  • Why Doesn't It Rust?
  • The Most Popular Kinds of Stainless Steel
    • Stainless Type 304 (UNS S30400)
    • Stainless Type 316 (UNS S31600)
    • Stainless Type 430 (UNS S43000)
    • Stainless Type 410 (UNS S41000)
    • Stainless Type 409 (UNS S40900)
  • General Characteristics
  • Sizes and Shapes Available
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Fire & Heat Resistance
  • Hygiene
  • Standard Finishes Available
  • Superior Strength-To-Weight Ratio
  • Impact Resistant
  • Recyclable
  • "Green" Material
    • Environmental Principles
    • Environment Management Systems
    • Pollution Prevention
  • General Information
    • Fabrication
    • Welding
    • Machinability
    • Special Finishes & Color
    • Availability
  • Price Comparison
  • For More Information


Stainless Steel Primer in PDF Format (81kb).

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