Grade 304 stainless steel is the world’s most commonly used austenitic stainless steel grade. Its well-balanced blend of steel, chromium (≥ 18 percent), and nickel (≥ 8 percent) gives this alloy exceptional strength, toughness, and durability. These desirable material properties make it optimal for industries and applications that require exceptional corrosion and heat resistance.
Grade 304H is a high-carbon version of regular Grade 304 (between 0.04 and 0.1% percent). The higher carbon content increases the alloy’s strength in elevated temperatures, which makes it suitable for applications that require higher temperatures and corrosion resistance. Also, this alloy offers a higher tolerance for extreme thermal conditions.
Grade 304 and 304H stainless steel offer exceptional performance and versatility at an affordable price for indoor and outdoor use. Some of the key advantages and benefits include:
- Exceptional corrosion and oxidization resistance
- Superior heat tolerance
- High tensile and yield strength
- Enhanced durability and toughness
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Excellent resistance to staining
- High ease of fabrication
- Outstanding formability and weldability
- Attractive, appealing appearance
While Grade 304 is resistant to corrosion from most oxidizing acids, it is susceptible to corrosion from chloride solutions or saline environments (for example, those near saltwater).
304 and 304H Grade Stainless Steel Applications
Because of its ideal combination of desirable material qualities, versatility, and affordability, Grade 304 and 304H stainless steel has vast applications in numerous industries. Some common applications include food-processing and dairy equipment, kitchen appliances, heat exchangers, pressure valves, pipelines, architectural panels, construction materials, and more.
Sabre Alloys streamlines our customers’ Grade 304 and 304H stainless steel supply chain in numerous industries by reducing the lead time associated with stainless steel acquisition and processing. The following are some of the industries we serve:
- Oil and Gas
- Power generation
- Food processing
- Piping and valve manufacturing
Grade 304 and 304H Stainless Steel Processing Services
In conjunction with our extensive material stock, Sabre Alloys offers various steel processing services to meet our customers’ material requirements better. Our value-added stainless steel services allow us to meet exact specifications with short turn-around times.
Sabre Alloys offer the following value-added steel processing services:
- HD Plasma cutting
- Bar sawing
- Waterjet cutting
- Laser cutting
Contact Sabre Alloys
As a full-service stainless steel distributor, Sabre Alloys prides itself on getting you the steel you need, exactly how and when you need it. Let us help you save time and money with our high-quality Grade 304 and 304H stainless steel materials and processing services. For more information, call Sabre Alloys at 281-405-8580 to speak to a metal expert.