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Difference between 316 and 316L Stainless Steel

The World Platinum Investment Association (WPIC) said recently that carmakers are accelerating reductions in palladium use and increased use of platinum due to concerns about Russian palladium supplies. However, it still expects a significant surplus in the platinum market this year.

Palladium is used by carmakers in tailpipe emissions systems to reduce carbon emissions.  While carmakers prefer palladium for catalytic converters, they are turning to platinum, which is cheaper than palladium, to save costs.

Russia accounts for about 25-30% of the world's palladium supply and 8-10% of its platinum supply.

There is no sign that western sanctions against Russia have restricted palladium exports since the conflict escalated in February, but as the conflict continues, more companies could boycott The Russian metal and governments could impose restrictions.

Platinum is currently trading at about $950 an ounce, about half the price of palladium.  Automakers use about 2.5 million to 3 million ounces of platinum and about 8.5 million ounces of palladium each year.

For the year as a whole, platinum supply will be 5 percent lower than in 2021 and demand 2 percent higher, with the automotive sector seeing a 16 percent increase due to increased light vehicle 316L stainless steel powder are still very uncertain.

316 Stainless Steel
Alloys are often added to steel to increase the desired properties. The marine-grade stainless steel, known as Type 316, is resistant to certain types of corrosive environments. 
There are many different types of stainless steel 316. Some common types are L, F, N, and H variants. Each is slightly different, and each is used for a different purpose. L means 316L steel has a carbon content below 316. 
 

316 and 316L Stainless Steel Common Quality
Although similar to the Type 304 commonly found in the food industry, the Type 316 and 316L both exhibit better corrosion resistance and are more robust at high temperatures.  They also cannot be hardened by heat treatment and can be easily shaped and stretched.
 

Difference between 316 and 316L Stainless Steel
316L stainless steel has less carbon than 316. But even with its lower carbon content, 316L is very similar to 316 in almost every way. The cost is similar, and both are durable and corrosion-resistant, making them a good choice for high-stress situations. 
However, for projects that require a lot of welding, 316L is a better choice because 316 is more susceptible to welding corrosion than 316L (corrosion within the weld). However, the 316 can be annealed to resist welding attenuation. 316L is also a very suitable stainless steel for high temperature, high corrosion applications, which is why it is so popular in construction and Marine projects. 
Neither 316 nor 316L is the cheapest option. The 304 is similar to the 304L, but the price is lower. Neither is as durable as the 317 and 317L, which have higher molybdenum content and better overall corrosion resistance.
 

Physical Properties of type 316 and 316L steels:
Density: 0.799g/cubic centimeter
Electrical resistivity: 74 microhm-centimeters (20 degrees Celsius)
Specific Heat: 0.50 kiloJoules/kilogram-Kelvin (0–100 degrees Celsius)
Thermal conductivity: 16.2 Watts/meter-Kelvin (100 degrees Celsius)
Modulus of Elasticity (MPa): 193 x 103 in tension
Melting Range: 2,500–2,550 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371–1,399 degrees Celsius)
 

Stainless Steel 316L Powder Properties
Other Names Stainless Steel Powders, SS316 powder, SS316L powder
CAS No. 52013-36-2
Compound Formula SS316L
Molecular Weight N/A
Appearance grey black powder
Melting Point N/A
Boiling Point N/A
Density 7.9g/cm3
Solubility in H2O N/A
Exact Mass N/A

 

3D Printing Stainless Steel SS316L Powder

 
What is 316L Stainless Steel used for?
It is commonly used in chemical and petrochemical industries, food processing, pharmaceutical equipment, medical devices, drinking water, wastewater treatment, Marine applications, and near the coast or in urban areas. For example:
Chemical containers, transport units, heat exchangers, and process industrial equipment in organic and fatty acid production; 
Vessels and shipbuilding pipes, pumps, valves, fittings, and shipbuilding; 
Oil and gas industry pipelines, valves, pumps, heat exchangers; 
Mining for screen weaving;
Pipe fittings and machined parts for pipe fittings. 
 

Stainless Steel 316L Powder Price
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The Japanese minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry recently held talks with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and industry in Washington, where he is visiting, and agreed to include basic principles on joint research and development of semiconductors and strengthening of supply chains.  Japan's economy, Trade and Industry Minister has asked the United States to increase the 316L stainless steel powder will continue to increase in the future.

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