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How much do you know about 304 stainless steel wire mesh?

Apr. 14, 2022

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304 Stainless Steel Wire Mesh – Alloy Overview

Type 304 stainless steel wire mesh is the most extensively used material in the industrial wire cloth world. Type 304 (T-304, SS304) is the basic stainless steel alloy and is often referred to as 18-8 stainless steel due to its 18% chromium and 8% nickel composition. Where no specific stainless steel type is specified, it is assumed Type 304 stainless steel wire cloth is acceptable. Some characteristics of 304 stainless steel wire cloth that dictate its wide use are:

Austenitic stainless steel.

Non-magnetic when annealed.

Slightly magnetic when cold worked.

Withstands outdoor exposure without rusting.

Excellent corrosion resistance in a broad range of industrial and chemical settings.

Not as corrosion resistant as T-316 stainless steel wire mesh, but less costly.

Resists oxidation at 1400°F temperatures.

Heating permitted between 900°F – 1600°F temperatures.

Can be cut, formed, and welded.

 

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Industries & Applications

1. Used for sieving and filtering under acid and alkali environment conditions, as mud mesh in the petroleum industry, as sieve mesh in the chemical and chemical fiber industry, and as pickling mesh in the electroplating industry.

2 used in mining, petroleum, chemical, food, pharmaceutical, machinery manufacturing and other industries.

3:Used for sieving and filtering under acid and alkali environment conditions, petroleum industry as mud screen, chemical fiber industry as a sieve, electroplating industry as pickling screen, our factory can design and make various models according to users' needs.

304 stainless steel wire mesh classification

1Plain stainless steel wire mesh.

The most common preparation method in industrial production and civilian life has been widely used, the main feature is the same density of warp and weft wire diameter.

2Stainless steel square wire mesh

Material: galvanized iron wire, stainless steel wire, copper wire, aluminum wire, etc. Features: precise structure, uniform mesh, good corrosion resistance, strong and durable. Widely used in industry and construction industry, screening sand, filtering liquid and gas. It can also be used for the safety protection of machinery accessories, etc., and it can also be used to replace wooden bars to make walls and ceilings.

3Stainless steel wire mesh / dense wire mesh

Material: stainless steel wire, low carbon steel wire, nickel wire, copper wire, polyester wire, etc.. Weave: plain weave, twill weave, bamboo flower weave, contrast weave. Characteristics: Good filtration precision, high contrast mesh load strength. Use: Used in aerospace, petroleum, chemical, scientific research and conveying industries, also can make lunch box mesh, coal washing mesh, etc.

 

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How Do 304 and 316 Stainless Steel Compare?

The main differences between 304 and 316 stainless steel mesh come down to their corrosion resistance, durability, heat resistance, and formability.

 

Now, 304 stainless steel mesh is an alloy that contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. On the other hand, 316 stainless steel mesh is an alloy that contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel, and 2% molybdenum.

 

Because 316 has more nickel and contains molybdenum, it is higher quality than 304. These added benefits allow it to be more resistant to corrosive environments, more stable and durable, and more resistant to extreme temperatures.

 

That said, there are little to no differences between the two alloys visually. They also carry the same ability to be welded and customized during fabrication.

 

When it comes to cost, 316 stainless steel wire mesh stands as the most expensive of the two. But these margins are not that significant.

 

To put this into perspective, if a piece of 304 stainless steel mesh costs $1.00 per square foot then 316 stainless steel mesh would cost somewhere around $1.15 per square foot.

 

This remains the same regardless if you are using 304/316 regular or L-grade 304/316.

 

Hebei Yeyuan offers 304 stainless steel wire mesh, 316 stainless steel wire mesh, brass stainless steel wire mesh and other materials stainless steel wire mesh, as well as products with different apertures and weaving methods.

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