316L Stainless Steel UNS S31603

Type 316L is a low carbon austenitic chromium-nickel stainless steel with corrosion resistance similar to type 316 but with resistance to intergranular corrosion following welding.

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316L Stainless Steel Strip, Coil, Foil, Wire

Specification Codes: AMS 5507, ASTM A666

316L Stainless Steel Strip Applications

What is 316L Stainless Steel Strip?

Type 316L is a low carbon austenitic chromium-nickel stainless steel with corrosion resistance similar to type 316 but with resistance to intergranular corrosion following welding.

What is the chemical composition of 316L Stainless Steel Strip?

Nickel (Ni)10.0014.00
Chromium (Cr)16.0018.00
Silicon (Si)1.001.00
Molybdenum (Mo)2.003.00
Carbon (C)0.030.03
Manganese (Mn)2.002.00
Copper (Cu)0.750.75

What are the Physical Properties of 316L Stainless Steel?

Density: 0.29 lbs/in3 7.99 g/cm3

Electrical Resistivity: microhm-in (microhm-cm):
68 ° F (20 ° C): 29.4 (74.0)

Specific Heat: BTU/lbl° F (kJ/kg•K): 32 - 212 ° F (0 - 100 °C): 0.12 (0.50)

Thermal Conductivity: BTU/hr/ft2/ft/°F (W/m•K):
At 212 °F (100 °C): 9.4 (16.2)
At 932 °F (500 °C): 12.4 (21.4)

Mean Coefficient of Thermal Expansion: in/inl°F (µm/m•K)
32 - 212 °F (0 - 100 °C): 8.9 x 10-5 (16.0)
32 - 600 °F (0 - 315 °C): 9.0 x 10-5 (16.2)
32 - 1000 °F (0- 538 °C): 9.7 x 10-5 (17.5)
32 - 1200 °F (0 - 649 °C): 10.3 x 10-5 (18.5)
32 - 1500 °F (0 - 871 °C): 11.1 x 10-5 (18.5)

Modulus of Elasticity: ksi (MPa)
28 x 103 (193 x 103) in tension
11 .2 x 103 (77 x 103) in torsion

Magnetic Permeability: H = 200 Oersteds: Annealed < 1.02 max

Melting Range: 2500 - 2590 °F (1371 - 1421 °C)


Coil - Strip, Foil, Ribbon Wire - Profile, Round, Flat, Square

Mechanical Properties at Room Temperature

Properties of 316L Stainless Strip in the Annealed Condition

Ultimate Tensile Strength: 70 KSI min (485 MPa min) Yield Strength (0.2% Offset): 25 KSI min (170 MPa min) Elongation: 40% min Hardness: Rb 95 max

Propertiesof 316L Stainless Strip in Tempered Conditions

1/16 Hard
Ultimate Tensile Strength: 85 KSI min (585 MPA min)
Yield Strength: (0.2% Offset) 45 KSI min (310 MPA min)
Elongation: 35% Min

1/8 Hard
Ultimate Tensile Strength: 100 KSI min (690 MPA min)
Yield Strength: (0.2% Offset) 55 KSI min (380 MPA min)
Elongation: 25% Min

1/4 Hard
Ultimate Tensile Strength: 125 KSI min (860 MPA min)
Yield Strength: (0.2% Offset) 75 KSI min (515 MPA min)
Elongation: 8% Min


Type 316L can be cold rolled to achieve the temper properties required by specific customers and/ or manufacturing requirements. For tempers 1 /2 hard or above consult Ulbrich Technical Services for more information.

Additional Properties

Corrosion Resistance of 316L

Refer to NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) for recommendations.


# 1 - Hot rolled annealed and descaled. It is available in strip, foil and ribbon. It is used for applications where a smooth decorative finish is not required.
# 2D - Dull finish produced by cold rolling, annealing and descaling. Used for deep drawn parts and those parts that need to retain lubricants in the forming process. # 2B - Smooth finish produced by cold rolling, annealing and descaling. A light cold rolling pass is added after anneal with polished rolls giving it a brighter finish than 2D.
#BA - Bright annealed cold rolled and bright annealed
#CBA - Course bright annealed cold rolled matte finish and bright anneal
#2 - Cold Rolled
# 2BA- Smooth finish produced by cold rolling and bright annealing. A light pass using highly polished rolls produces a glossy finish. A 2BA finish may be used for lightly formed applications where a glossy finish is desired in the formed part. Polished - Various grit finish for specific polish finished requirements.

* Not all finishes are available in all alloys - Contact Ulbrich Sales for more information.

Wire Finishes

XC - Extra clean bright annealed or bright annealed and cold rolled Grease - Ultra-bright finish (for decorative applications) Soap - Soap is not removed from tempered wire to act as a lubricant. * Contact Ulbrich Wire for custom wire finishes.

Cold Forming 316L Stainless Steel

Type 316L can be readily formed and drawn.

Heat Treatment

Type 316L is non hardenable by heat treatment.


Type 316L is weldable by common fusion and resistance methods. For best results refer to: SSINA's "Welding of Stainless Steels and Other Joining Methods" .

Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranty: In no event will Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc., be liable for any damages arising from the use of the information included in this document or that it is suitable for the 'applications' noted. We believe the information and data provided to be accurate to the best of our knowledge but, all data is considered typical values only. It is intended for reference and general information and not recommended for specification, design or engineering purposes. Ulbrich assumes no implied or express warranty in regard to the creation or accuracy of the data provided in this document.

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