Material types and availability of various steels are expanding and providing industries and consumers with more options. As part of that growth, forward thinking industries are looking at the many benefits that stainless steels can provide. Stainless steels have the obvious advantage of being commercially available in multiple grades which makes them a reasonable alternative to some of the more exotic materials. Below are some additional benefits that might apply in your situation:
In a wide range of applications stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion than ordinary carbon steel. This resistance to corrosion makes them highly durable which adds longevity to their lifespan. Stainless is also important in assuring that the quality of the product you are storing is not compromised. If your tanks are stored outside, stainless can also help you avoid weathering issues that can occur when using steel or plastic.
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LOW TEMPERATURE APPLICATIONS:
Carbon steel and duplex stainless steels tend to become brittle as the temperature is reduced. They can fracture without warning, sometimes with catastrophic results. This is due to stretching or bulging as in some plastic failures. Therefore, alloys for low temperature service must retain suitable properties. Stainless steels such as 304 and 316 retain engineering properties at cryogenic temperatures and can be classified as ‘cryogenic steels’, they are commonly used in artic locations and in the handling and storage of liquid gases like nitrogen with temperatures at -321°F (-196°C)
Stainless Steel maintains its properties over a wide range of temperatures, particularly at the lower temperature ranges. Moreover it is less affected by UV light which can damage coatings and painted surfaces. If properly maintained, stainless steel can last years longer than conventional carbon steels.
Each industry has unique requirements specific to their applications and stainless is a material that can be bent, rolled and shaped to fit those custom needs. Tanks made from stainless steels can be designed in a wide variety of diameters, lengths and heights which gives you flexibility in design.
If durability, longevity and customization are needed for your product then stainless steels have many favorable characteristics that shouldn’t be ignored.
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