Stainless steel is a material that comes in multiple grades which may look the same, but in fact, have quite different properties. Documentation should be thorough but in cases of doubt, there are techniques for local identification as outlined in ASSDA's Technical FAQ 4: Testing for Grade Confirmation.
Physical factors for handling stainless steels are much the same as for other metals, but with the critical difference that the supplied stainless steel surface is usually the final presentation (often into quite aggressive environments). This imposes storage and handling requirements to avoid contamination and/or physical damage.
Topics covered include:
- Background of why stainless steel works and the primary differences between the five families.
- Guidance on distinguishing between grades if the expected documentation is mislaid.
- Does the documentation match your order and what was delivered?
- How to handle slippery sheets, flexible long product (including tubing) and castings.
- Solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants during acceptance, storage and delivery, with some comments about delivery schedules, protective wrapping and what can happen on site.
- How to avoid contamination problems during handling and storage and, in a worst-case scenario, what remedial action is possible.
- Potential safety issues in handling storage.
Consideration of any specific questions provided by attendees and emailed to
Presenter: Dr Graham Sussex, ASSDA Technical Specialist
Graham is a materials expert with over 30 years of experience and more than 600 technical publications to his name. Stainless steel is his specialty.
This webinar will be hosted by Zoom.