GlobalSpec has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Stainless Steel Alloys. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
14 answers
Answers:
My design "wishlist" includes: 1.) The alloy must have good weldability, 2.) The alloy should require minimal post-weld heat treating, 3.) The alloy should be able to resist high temperature creep.
~Jake W, Student, San Luis Obispo, CA
I don't have a wish list, my job is to make the optimum selection from the grades available and (importantly) to be aware of their short-comings.
~Chris G, Engineering Consultant, Shrewsbury, England
Higher strength with no corrosion resistance trade-off. Better screw thread materials to compare with the strength of plain carbon steels.
~Chris Carmody, Special Products Manager, Rotherham, UK
High corrosivity resistance easy workable and welding capabilities readily available
~Ian G, Engineer, Newport, England
Superior corrosion resistance, high hardness, high fatigue strength
~Michael P, Design Engineer, Hartford, CT
LIGHTER MAT'L ( HIGHER YIELD) weldable to common 304L
~Other, Laval, Canada
Production of austenitic steel grades without nickel
~Engineering, Consulting, Oldenburg, Germany
Wish to apply stainless steel in automotive engines
~Melandro Villadolid, Final test Engineer, Canlubang, Calamba , Laguna, Philippines
To get a valve body to to weigh less as possible.
~Knut E, Quality Control, Modum, Norway
Tight tolerance not moving after machining.
~Marketing/Sales, Lancaster, OH
I can't think of anything right now.
~David D., Design Engineer, New Hudson, MI
Free machining without high sulfur
~Lawrence B, Engineer, Camden, NJ
Lower coeficant of expansion
~Graeme M, Project Manager, Auckland, New Zealand
Duplex
~Quality Control/Assurance, Mandaue City, Philippines

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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of stainless steel alloys?
7 answers
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My main point of advice would be: Just because the metal is stainless steel does not mean it will resist all types of corrosion. Do research first on the corrosive nature of environment the stainless steel will be used in, and then determine which grade of SS is best suited for that environment.
~Jake W, Student, San Luis Obispo, CA
Consider ferritic stainless steels for high stress applications (bolting) - these are stronger than austenitic and less prone to stress corrosion cracking & chlorides.
~Lawrence B, Engineer, Camden, NJ
As Above, Check out information web sites that will describe what and where these materials are best suited, this may help your decision making.
~Ian G, Engineer, Newport, England
It's not just about chemical resistance or surface finish. You need to assess for strength as well.
~Chris Carmody, Special Products Manager, Rotherham, UK
Conduct PMI on all SS materials
~Quality Control/Assurance, Mandaue City, Philippines
Get good (impartial) advice
~Chris G, Engineering Consultant, Shrewsbury, England
Be precise in spec.
~Knut E, Quality Control, Modum, Norway

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