The basic alloy. Type 304 (18-8) is an austenitic steel possessing a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon. It is a nonmagnetic steel which cannot be hardened by heat treatment, but instead must be cold worked to obtain higher tensile strengths. Because of its ability to withstand the corrosive action of various acids found in fruits, meats, milk, and vegetables,
Type 304 is especially suited for all types of dairy equipment piping and valves, the brewing industry, the citrus and fruit juice industry, and in food processing applications. Also used for the dye tanks, pipelines buckets, dippers, etc. that come in contact with the lormic, acetic, and other organic acids used in the dyeing industry.
In the marine environment, because of it slightly higher strength and wear resistance than type 316 it is also used for nuts, bolts, screws, and other fasteners. It is also used for springs, cogs, and other components where both wear and corrosion resistance is needed.
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