304 / 304L

304 is the original "18-8" stainless. It is produced in greater quantity than any other austenitic stainless steel. 304 provides useful resistance to corrosion in many environments ranging from moderately reducing to moderately oxidizing. Through the controlled addition of nitrogen, it is common for 304L to meet the mechanical properties of 304 straight grade. As a result, most products are dual certified as 304 and 304/304L.

Also available in PRODEC® enhanced machining grade.

Inventory

304 / 304L Concentric Reducers, 304 / 304L Fittings, 304 / 304L Flanges, 304 / 304L Hex Bar, 304 / 304L Pipe, 304 / 304L Plate, 304 / 304L Sheet, 304 / 304L Stub Ends, 304 / 304L Tees, 304 / 304L Tubing, 304 / 304L Weld Wire

Common Trade Names

304 Stainless, 304L Stainless

Features

  • Good general corrosion resistance
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Excellent strength and toughness at cryogenic temperatures
  • Good formability
  • Good weldability

Applications

  • Food processing and handling
  • Heat exchangers
  • Chemical process vessels
  • Conveyors
  • Architectural