What is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and carbon containing less than 1.2% carbon, a minimum of 10.5% chromium and other alloying elements. The chromium provides corrosion resistance, enabling natural and continuous development of a chromium oxide surface layer. Referred to as the “passivation layer”, this is self-healing and provides lasting protection when in contact with humidity or water. Corrosion resistance and mechanical properties are further enhanced by the addition of elements such as nickel, molybdenum, titanium, niobium and manganese.
Reaction of steel and stainless steel in contact with air humidity or water
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