316 stainless steel is recognized as the second most widely available of all stainless steels in the wire mesh industry. 316 stainless steel wire mesh is typically considered an alternative grade to 304 stainless steel wire mesh and preferred in certain circumstances. Particularly, in marine environments and in applications requiring heavy welding, 316 stainless steel is commonly specified due to its many benefits.
316 stainless steel has excellent corrosion resistance, and in particular, performs well in its ability to resist pitting and crevice corrosion in warm chloride environments. The inclusion of molybdenum (Mo) is a major factor for the improved corrosion resistance compared to a 304 stainless steel counterpart.
316 stainless steel is heat resistant and has good oxidation resist resistance to a temperature of approximately 1600oF in intermittent service and to a temperature of 1700oF in continuous service. 316 SS is also excellent for fabrication purposes – it can be formed and cut to size with appropriate tools and machinery. It also has outstanding weld ability, and it is virtually non-magnetic in the annealed condition.