What’s the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel?


What’s the difference between 304 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel?


The simple answer is Stainless steel 304 contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel while Stainless steel 316 contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum is added to help resist corrosion to chlorides (like sea water and de-icing salts).
What’s the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel?
316 Stainless steel

I found the brochure Stainless Steel for Coastal and Salt Corrosion Applications to be very helpful as a general reference for using stainless steel in our area.

What’s the difference between 304 and 316 stainless steel?
304 Stainless steel pipe