What is Stainless Steel?
The chromium and other alloying elements in stainless steel keeps the metal bright and rust resistant in spite of moisture or the action of corrosive acids and gases.
Chromium in stainless steel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide, called the passive film. The sizes of chromium atoms and their oxides are similar, so they pack neatly together on the surface of the metal, forming a stable layer only a few atoms thick. If the metal is cut or scratched and the passive film is disrupted, more oxide will quickly form and recover the exposed surface, protecting it from oxidative corrosion.
Because of their shining surfaces, architects often use them for decorative purposes. Stainless steels are used for the pipes and tanks of petroleum refineries and chemical plants, for jet planes, and for space capsules. Surgical instruments and equipment are made from these steels, and they are also used to patch or replace broken bones because the steels can withstand the action of body fluids. In kitchens and in plants where food is prepared, handling equipment is often made of stainless steel because it does not taint the food and can be easily cleaned.
Stainless Steel Jewelry advantages
- Corrosion resistance
- High and low temperature resistance
- Strength (stronger than gold and silver)
- Aesthetic appeal
- Hygienic properties
- Life cycle characteristics
Information sourced from Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) and other
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