WP316L steel with optimal welding and working characteristics

In the austenitic steel category, WP316L has optimal workability and welding qualities

WP316L is part of the austenitic stainless steel family, and it is one of those contemplated by the ASTM A403 standard for the production of connections, even if only a part of this standard is related to material such as WP316L. It also relates to semi-finished products such as plates, bars, moulds and pipes without welding, that are the starting point of each connection produced.
These components are then processed by operations such as rolling, piercing and punching, forging, hot working or machining using machine tools, until the required shape is obtained.
The prestige of steel such as WP316L is that of being easy to work with, but above all easy to weld. The low level of carbon that this category of steel contains helps welding, in particular with pieces that are more than 6 mm thick, therefore it is used a lot in plant design.
Such a low concentration of carbon in comparison with WP316, however, makes WP316L lose a part of its mechanical characteristics, especially the ultimate tensile strength and the yield point, but this is easily compensated during the design phase. The other materials present in the alloy must, instead, respect the same concentrations.