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Difference between 316 and 316L Stainless Steel

Since 2022, Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflicts have intensified, and global energy prices have risen sharply, with international natural gas prices hitting historic highs. As the most important transitional energy source in the transition from fossil energy to non-fossil energy, the share of natural gas in primary energy has increased from 14.6% in 1965 to 24.7% in 2020.  The global gas price indices showed a unilateral downward trend from 2018, bottomed out in 2020, and remained low for a long time. However, since July 2020, the global gas prices have gradually fluctuated upward, and the impact of geopolitical events made the Dutch TTF gas price even hit record highs repeatedly.

An analyst of a securities company believes that the core catalyst of this round of global gas market lies in the lack of investment in upstream oil and gas resources caused by long-term low prices. Since 2020, although the epidemic has led to a decline in demand, the decline in supply has been faster, resulting in a large inventory consumption. In 2021, demand will recover faster than supply (the supply-side is less sensitive to prices, which will be reflected in investment).  

As the world's two largest gas 316L stainless steel powder are also expected to change significantly.

316 Stainless Steel
Alloys are often added to steel to increase the desired properties. The marine-grade stainless steel, known as Type 316, is resistant to certain types of corrosive environments. 
There are many different types of stainless steel 316. Some common types are L, F, N, and H variants. Each is slightly different, and each is used for a different purpose. L means 316L steel has a carbon content below 316. 
 

316 and 316L Stainless Steel Common Quality
Although similar to the Type 304 commonly found in the food industry, the Type 316 and 316L both exhibit better corrosion resistance and are more robust at high temperatures.  They also cannot be hardened by heat treatment and can be easily shaped and stretched.
 

Difference between 316 and 316L Stainless Steel
316L stainless steel has less carbon than 316. But even with its lower carbon content, 316L is very similar to 316 in almost every way. The cost is similar, and both are durable and corrosion-resistant, making them a good choice for high-stress situations. 
However, for projects that require a lot of welding, 316L is a better choice because 316 is more susceptible to welding corrosion than 316L (corrosion within the weld). However, the 316 can be annealed to resist welding attenuation. 316L is also a very suitable stainless steel for high temperature, high corrosion applications, which is why it is so popular in construction and Marine projects. 
Neither 316 nor 316L is the cheapest option. The 304 is similar to the 304L, but the price is lower. Neither is as durable as the 317 and 317L, which have higher molybdenum content and better overall corrosion resistance.
 

Physical Properties of type 316 and 316L steels:
Density: 0.799g/cubic centimeter
Electrical resistivity: 74 microhm-centimeters (20 degrees Celsius)
Specific Heat: 0.50 kiloJoules/kilogram-Kelvin (0–100 degrees Celsius)
Thermal conductivity: 16.2 Watts/meter-Kelvin (100 degrees Celsius)
Modulus of Elasticity (MPa): 193 x 103 in tension
Melting Range: 2,500–2,550 degrees Fahrenheit (1,371–1,399 degrees Celsius)
 

Stainless Steel 316L Powder Properties
Other Names Stainless Steel Powders, SS316 powder, SS316L powder
CAS No. 52013-36-2
Compound Formula SS316L
Molecular Weight N/A
Appearance grey black powder
Melting Point N/A
Boiling Point N/A
Density 7.9g/cm3
Solubility in H2O N/A
Exact Mass N/A

 

3D Printing Stainless Steel SS316L Powder

 
What is 316L Stainless Steel used for?
It is commonly used in chemical and petrochemical industries, food processing, pharmaceutical equipment, medical devices, drinking water, wastewater treatment, Marine applications, and near the coast or in urban areas. For example:
Chemical containers, transport units, heat exchangers, and process industrial equipment in organic and fatty acid production; 
Vessels and shipbuilding pipes, pumps, valves, fittings, and shipbuilding; 
Oil and gas industry pipelines, valves, pumps, heat exchangers; 
Mining for screen weaving;
Pipe fittings and machined parts for pipe fittings. 
 

Stainless Steel 316L Powder Price
The price is influenced by many factors including the supply and demand in the market, industry trends, economic activity, market sentiment, and unexpected events.
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Recently, the first press conference of the Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference 2022 was held. Two flagship reports were released at the conference: "Asia's Economic Prospects and Integration Process 2022" and "Sustainable Asia and the World 2022-Green Transformation in Action in Asia".

The flagship report points out that the global economy will recover in 2021, and the pace of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific has not stopped even in the face of the impact of COVID-19. The Asia-Pacific region has provided new impetus for the world's economic recovery and institutional building.  

The report gives an outlook on the Asian economy, noting that a number of factors will affect Asian economic growth. For example, mutated strains such as Delta and Omicron have become more transmissible, and many economies are experiencing epidemic peaks again. The Ukraine crisis has triggered geopolitical changes in Asia and Europe, leading to higher commodity prices, which may affect the global energy supply and energy transformation.

The report pointed out that the Asian economy will still be in the process of recovery in 2022, but the growth rate may moderate. According to the report, Asia's economic growth in 2022 is likely to be lower than the current IMF forecast, which is projected at 4.8%.

Affected by several factors, the supply of the 316L stainless steel powder is erratic and thus its prices are expected to go higher in the future.

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