Why stainless steel
Did you know this about stainless steel?
One of the main reasons why people choose to use stainless steel is because of its advantages and physical properties, the most popular is its corrosion resistance although there are many more.
The fact that it has such a resistance to high and low temperatures means that stainless steel can be used for several applications and throughout a number of industries. Whilst some stainless steel will retain high strength at high temperatures other stainless steels will actually maintain high mechanical properties at cryogenic temperatures.
A major reason that stainless steel is used is because of its sheer strength. This has been proven through its use in the building and construction industry. The aesthetic appeal which stainless steel has makes it a popular choice for many. Stainless steel is available in a range of surface finishes and the fact that it can also be polished makes it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Its long-life cycle makes it perfect for use in buildings and puts it ahead of other products in the fact that it will outlast many of them. When you add in that stainless steel is easy to maintain and put these reasons together overall it is the lowest cost choice for many in a life cycle cost comparison.
As it is an environmentally friendly material because it is 100% recyclable any new stainless steel normally contains around 50-80% recycled material. Stainless steel is undoubtedly a valuable material which has many uses within a whole range of industries and without it we would have to use other materials which wouldn’t be as effective.
It’s heatproof for typical kitchen use and ”heals” itself when its stainless surface is compromised due to a scratch or slice.
Stainless steel resists denting, nicking and scratching under the most vigorous of operating conditions. Stainless steel provides excellent toughness, ductility, weldability, formability and work hardening characteristics. Excellent cryogenic and high temperature oxidation resistance is also provided.
All stainless steels have a high resistance to corrosion. Low alloyed grades resist corrosion in atmospheric conditions; highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chloride bearing environments, even at elevated temperatures and pressures.
High and low temperature resistance
Some grades will resist scaling and maintain high strength at very high temperatures, while others show exceptional toughness at cryogenic temperatures.
The cold work hardening properties of many stainless steels can be used in design to reduce material thicknesses and reduce weight and costs. Other stainless steels may be heat treated to make very high strength components.
Life cycle characteristics
Stainless steel is a durable, low maintenance material and is often the least expensive choice in a life cycle cost comparison.
Stainless steel is a green product. It is 100% recyclable, as it is not coated with any toxic material it does not produce toxic run-off. A huge difference can be made by companies and individuals by simply choosing stainless steel over non-recyclable materials.
”heals” itself when its stainless surface is compromised due to a scratch or slice.
Resilient to strong detergents/pH