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430 Stainless Steel: The Steel of Choice in Homes and Industries

Monday, March 5, 2012 @ 04:03 AM
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Steel is the one of the most widely used metals in the world. It played an integral part in the industrial revolution and continues to be of great importance to our world today. Many people overlook the material and regard it as purely a commodity. Most do not realize its dated history and importance to our society.

In highly urbanized areas from New York to California, steel is an important material that is used in different ways. For the most part, it is used for industrial purposes. Take a walk down the streets of any modern metropolis and you will come to learn just how important the material is. If you don't already know, steel is the metal used as the foundation for most buildings.

The metal served this purpose from the time of its discovery until the early 1800s. It was during this century that experimentation with a new variant started. This was known as stainless steel. The first few prototypes didn't turn out very well. They were too brittle for practical use. Experiments with the material continued throughout the century, but the steel we know today didn't come until the early 1900s.

Elwood Haynes and Harry Brearley are the two people credited for the discovery of the product we use. The production of American stainless steel began in Pennsylvania in 1913.In the west coast, specifically California, steel production was also starting to pick up.

The product comes in many different forms, but one of the most common is 430 stainless steel. It is a variant that belongs to the ferritic class and usually contains between 10.5-25% chromium and little to no nickel. This makes it ideal for use in many different fields.

Some of the more common products and appliances made with 430 stainless steel include automotive trims and molding and interior architectural trim and paneling. It is also used for simple things like zippers and fasteners. In addition, it is also widely recognized for its application in kitchen trim and equipment. If you've ever stepped foot in a modern, industrial kitchen; chances are that most of the fixtures and appliances you see are made of this type of stainless steel. It is really one of the most versatile kinds in the world.

 

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