316l Stainless Steel
You are very likely to know that there are many kinds of stainless steel. Yes, that should not surprise anybody since the stainless steel is a material having plenty of usages: it could be used in construction works, in the electricity transport and even in the jewelry industry. For example, if you ask a jeweler what a stainless steel rope is, he or she is not very likely to answer. But if you ask the very same jeweler what a 316l stainless steel is, you should have no doubts that you will get an instant and exhaustive answer. It is pretty interesting, isn’t it?
So it has already been made clear that the 316l stainless steel is mainly used in the production of jewelries (mainly watches and bracelets). But that is just the beginning of a whole bunch of facts which you are going to learn about the 316l stainless steel. It is very important to know what chemic elements the stainless steel of this kind has got. If you were good at chemistry, you probably remember that the ‘steel’ does not exist as a chemical element in the Mandalay Table. Obviously, it is an alloy which consists of other elements. The proportion of the different elements varies from one kind of stainless steel to another but when talking about the 316 stainless steel, it is: 0.03% of Fe (iron), around 18% of chrome (Cr), around 13% of nickel and small amounts of other elements such as silicon, sulphur and phosphorous.
But when talking about something like the 316l stainless steel, the mechanical properties should also be mentioned. After all, they are the main reason which determines the usage of a metal, chemical element or alloy (as in this case). Anyway, if all mechanical properties of this alloy had to be explained, it would probably take a whole day which is why only the most important one is going to be mentioned: the hardness. In fact, the hardness is a main factor determining whether a metal or an alloy is good for making jewelries or not. And as talking about the hardness of this alloy, here is some specific information: the Rockwell is 95 HR B and the Brinell is 217HB. So it should not be surprising that the 316l stainless steel is such a preferred alloy for the production of jewelries: they are good, beautiful, and stylish and are relatively cheap! What more could a person possibly desire?
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