Jiangsu Steel Group Co., Limited

Stainless steel manufacturer OEM & ODM

Differences between 316 and 316L Stainless Steel

Inquiries : 1 - 2014-12-23 14:24:49

The differences between a 316L and a 316 straight grade are two fold both in chemistry and mechanical properties.  The L grade has a lower maximum carbon limit and the straight grade has increased mechanical properties.  If material is certified as straight grade, the carbon content would have to be at a level of 0.030% maximum in order to be dual certified as 316L/316 grade. (presumably the mechanicals would have already been met). If the material is certified as 316L that implies the carbon is a t a maximum level of 0.030% and this can only be certified to the straight grade if the increased mechanicals are met. Below is  a summary comparing the two grades for both the flat and bar product.