An important part of our service at Multiform Tubes is we help clients choose the right tubing. This can be challenging because there are lots of options. If you tell us your application we can use our knowledge of the various tube manipulation solutions and different types of metal to help you make the right choice.
Stainless steel tubing is something we work with often. It is popular for many reasons, including the fact it is strong, looks great, and has high corrosion resistance. What many people don’t realise though is there are two main types; 304 and 316. They have unique alloys so the properties are different. It is a good idea to think about your application to ensure you choose the right type.
Chlorides and corrosives
If your steel tubes will come in contact with either of these you would be better off with 316 stainless steel. This is because it has higher nickel content than 304 (10% instead of 8%). It also contains a small amount of molybdenum (2%). As a result it has a higher corrosion resistance. This makes it great for tubes that will carry these substances and any pipes that will be in marine settings.
If the tubing will not come into contact with chlorides or corrosives 304 will be perfect for you. It is suitable for lots of uses, including storage tanks and electrical enclosures. As a result it is the most popular type of stainless steel in the world. The lower corrosion resistance means it may not last as long as 316. However, it is cheaper and the higher level of chromium (18% instead of 16%) means it is a very attractive alloy.
We have the skills to adapt 304 and 316 stainless steel tubes. For example we can bend a tube to create angles, curves and even entire coils. We can then drill holes in the tube, adapt the ends, and even offer welding solutions. Whatever your goal, we will supply precise, high quality tubes.
The big challenge anyone has when adapting stainless steel tubing is work hardening. This will happen whether you choose 304 or 316. What it means is that the tube becomes harder to adapt the more you work it. You therefore need to be precise and limit the number of alterations you need to make.
Speak to Multiform Tubes today if you would like to find out more about how we handle tube manipulation. We are a long serving company with a lot of experience. In addition we have the right equipment to produce the products you need.