What’s The Difference Between 316 And 316L Stainless Steel Strip?

Due to their excellent corrosion resistance, 316L stainless steel strip and 316 stainless steel strip have a wide range of applications in the chemical industry.

316 and 316L stainless steel strips are both austenitic stainless steel strips.

Do you want to know what is the difference between two stainless steel strips?

Difference Between Grade 316 and 316L Stainless Steel Strip


316 and 316L stainless steel strips are stainless steels containing molybdenum.

The molybdenum content in 316L stainless steel strip is slightly higher than 316 stainless steel strip.

Due to the molybdenum in the stainless steel, the overall performance of 316 and 316L stainless steel strip is better than 304 stainless steel strip.

As a low-carbon series of 316 stainless steel, in addition to having the same characteristics as 316 stainless steel, 316L stainless steel has excellent grain boundary corrosion resistance.

Under high temperature conditions, when the concentration of sulfuric acid is lower than 15% and higher than 85%, 316 stainless steel strip has a wide range of uses.

316 stainless steel strip also has good chloride corrosion properties, so it is usually used in marine environments.

316L stainless steel strip has a maximum carbon content of 0.03, which can be used in applications that cannot be annealed after welding and require maximum corrosion resistance.

Benefits of 316 and 316L Stainless Steel Strip

Good Corrosion Resistance:

The corrosion resistance of 316 and 316L stainless steel strip is better than 304 stainless steel strip, and it has good corrosion resistance in the production process of pulp and paper industry.

And 316L stainless steel strip is also resistant to the erosion of the ocean and corrosive industrial atmosphere.

Good Heat Resistance:

In intermittent use below 1600 degrees and continuous use below 1700 degrees, 316 stainless steel strip has good oxidation resistance.

In the range of 800-1575 degrees, it is best not to continuously act on 316 stainless steel.

However, when 316 stainless steel is continuously used outside this temperature range, the stainless steel has good heat resistance.

316L stainless steel strip has better resistance to carbide precipitation than 316 stainless steel strip, and the above-mentioned temperature range can be used.

Annealing in the temperature range of 1850-2050 degrees, then rapid annealing, and then rapid cooling.

316 stainless steel can not be hardened by heat treatment.

Excellent Formability and Weldability:

316 stainless steel strip has good welding performance.

All standard welding methods can be used for welding.

During welding process, 316Cb, 316L or 309Cb stainless steel filler rods or welding rods can be used according to the application.

In order to obtain the best corrosion resistance, the welded section of 316 stainless steel strip needs to be annealed after welding.

If 316L stainless steel strip is used, post-weld annealing treatment is not required.

Common Applications Of 316 And 316L Stainless Steel Strip


Due to the addition of molybdenum to 316 stainless steel, its corrosion resistance, atmospheric corrosion resistance and high temperature strength are particularly good.

It can be used under harsh conditions.

316 stainless steel strip application: seawater, chemical, dye, paper, oxalic acid, fertilizer and other production equipment, photography, food industry, coastal facilities, ropes, CD rods, bolts, nuts.

316L stainless steel strip application: Pulp and paper equipment, heat exchangers, dyeing equipment, film washing equipment, pipelines, and external materials for buildings in coastal areas.

Chemical Composition Of 316 And 316L Stainless Steel Strip

316≤0.08≤1.0≤2.0≤0.045≤ 0.0310.0-14.016.0-18.02.0-3.0
316L≤0.03≤1.0≤2.0≤0.045≤ 0.0312.0-15.016 .0-1 8.02.0-3.0

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