Stainless steel is widely-touted as the corrosion-resistant product of choice for manufacturers, transportation companies, recycling centers, and construction sites across the country. However, many people have had the unfortunate experience of ordering stainless steel products only to find rust eating through the “stainless” metal. Unfortunately, corrosion-resistant does not mean corrosion-proof, and, under certain conditions, stainless steel alloys can start rusting out well before their expiration date.
As one of the top stainless steel wire suppliers in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region, Wickwire Warehouse Inc. proudly provides customers with high-quality stainless steel wires. Our steel products are exceptionally strong and resistant, but under the right circumstances, they can begin to corrode.
Here is a brief breakdown of some of the things that can break down your stainless steel:
- Strong Chloride Exposure
Stainless steel alloys’ kryptonite is salt (among other chlorides), so stainless steel may experience pitting corrosion when exposed to it for an extended period. Companies in coastal areas and other regions with environments rich in salt should take care to purchase a grade of stainless steel that is specifically resistant to chlorides to avoid premature pitting.
- Welding Together Different Alloys
Although the products at Wickwire are made to match the highest industry standards, when two dissimilar metals or grades are welded together accidentally or on purpose, they can spark an electrical current by way of an electrolytic substance, such as water or weld-filler. The less noble metal will act as an anode which will accept more electrons and begin corroding more quickly than the other metal.
- Iron Transplantation
Iron is a standard metal in manufacturing, from actual products to particular tools and materials used in manufacturing and storage processes. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the transplantation of iron particles on stainless steel can upset the oxide layer of the steel that protects the metal from corrosion. The best defense against bimetallic corrosion is to avoid iron entirely when working with stainless steel and clean off any machinery that comes in contact with both metals.
- Extreme Temperatures
Stainless steel has an insanely high melting point (usually above 1,200˚F), but that is only the melting point. When metal is heated to extremely high temperatures, it could potentially change its composition enough to reduce its corrosion resistance. A common issue with stainless steel alloys is scaling from exposure to high temperatures. The flaky metal is frequently a different metal than the steel, at least in composition, which can cause bimetallic corrosion. Additionally, high temperatures can lead to the loss of the oxide layer that protects the steel from rusting.
Our products at Wickwire Warehouse Inc. are strong, durable, and long-lasting with proper care and management. If you need to buy stainless steel wire in PA, OH, or NJ, call us today to discuss your options.