Stainless Steels

Steels resistant to corrosion in aggressive environments

The special characteristic of stainless steels is that they have a resistance to corrosion that is significantly higher with respect to other steels; some of them also have an excellent resistance to high temperatures.

These characteristics of stainless steels are obtained thanks to the addition of chromium and other alloy elements, and allow use even in particularly aggressive environments such as chemical plants, marine environments and offshore platforms. These qualities of resistance to assaults makes them perfect materials to be used also in architecture to increase the durability of the objects created.

Some of these steels, thanks to a chemical composition that is particularly rich in nickel and chromium, are called “refractory steels” and can withstand high temperatures with a limited loss of the mechanical characteristics.

Stainless steels can be provided in their natural rolling state or annealed, normalized, quenched and tempered, or heat-treated. Bars, coils, and wires are available with a wide variety of packaging.

Range of Production

  Execution Profile Range
[mm]
Finish Tolerances
Bars Rolled Round 20-100 Raw
Peeled
Drawn Round
hexagonal
square
special
2-40
4-65
4-55
Polished EN 10278
h9
h10
h11
Peeled
rolled
Round 20-80 Polished EN 10278
h9
h10
h11
Ground Round 3-80 Polished EN 10278
h7
h8
h9
h10
h11
Coils Drawn Round
hexagonal
square
special
1-22
3-12
4-12
Polished
Stearate
Phosphated
EN 10278
h9
h10
h11
  Execution Profile Range
[mm]
Finish Tolerances
Bars Rolled Round 20-100 Raw
Peeled
Drawn Round
hexagonal
square
special
2-40
4-65
4-55
Polished EN 10278
h9
h10
h11
Peeled
rolled
Round 20-80 Polished EN 10278
h9
h10
h11
Ground Round 3-80 Polished EN 10278
h7
h8
h9
h10
h11
Coils Drawn Round
hexagonal
square
special
1-22
3-12
4-12
Polished
Stearate
Phosphated
EN 10278
h9
h10
h11
Quality WNr. Description Pdf
X6Cr17 1.4016 Basic ferritic stainless steel with a good resistance to corrosion: widely used in appliances, grills and the automobile industry. Difficult to machine by chip removal but with good cold deformability qualities. Some precautions are necessary during welding.
X6CrMoS17 1.4105 It is similar to the previous one, but the addition of sulfur improves its machinability, making it however less resistant to corrosion. Used for machining with chip removal, it is the low carbon version of the American 430F type. It is also used because of its low magnetic hysteresis characteristics.
X6CrMo17-1 1.4113 Steel similar to X6Cr17 with the addition of molybdenum, which confers a good resistance to atmospheric corrosion at room temperature and at higher temperatures.
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X12Cr13 1.4006 Basic martensitic steel with a low carbon content, a characteristic that on one hand limits temperability and mechanical characteristics after tempering, and on the other increases versatility. Suitable for all those fields in which very high mechanical characteristics are not required. Corrosion resistance sufficient for non-demanding applications.
X12CrS13 1.4005 Steel similar to the previous one; the addition of sulfur improves machinability by chip removal, but reduces resistance to corrosion, which in any case is improved with the material at the quenched and tempered state.
X20Cr13 1.4021 Widely used quenched and tempered steel, with mechanical characteristics superior to those of the X12Cr13 base type at the quenched and tempered state.
X30Cr13 1.4028 Probably the most popular of the martensitic stainless steels, it has a higher carbon content than the previous type, and combines good corrosion resistance, good deformability at the annealed state and good temperability. Used for pump shafts, electric motor shafts, tools and cutlery.
X39Cr13 1.4031 Martensitic stainless steel with a high carbon content, suitable for pieces with an elevated hardness such as tools, cutlery, and blades in general. After quenching and tempering the surface can also be hardened by induction tempering.
X46Cr13 1.4034 Similar to the above but with a higher carbon content, suitable for small pieces with high hardness, including rollers and balls for special bearings.
X14CrMoS17 1.4104 Martensitic steel with low temperability. The addition of sulfur makes this type widely used for mechanical machining with chip removal, also without the quenching and tempering treatment. The resistance to corrosion is limited due to the presence of sulfur, but is better in any case with respect to the X12CrS13 type thanks to the addition of molybdenum.
X39CrMo17-1 1.4122 Steel similar to X39Cr13 but with the addition of molybdenum, which increases its resistance to corrosion at high temperature.
X17CrNi16-2 1.4057 Martensitic stainless steel with the addition of nickel, which improves its resistance to corrosion. It is widely used even if, due to the limited carbon content, it has average mechanical characteristics.

 

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X10CrNi18-8 1.4310 Chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel. The rather high carbon content allows high values of mechanical resistance to be achieved through extrusion hardening. Used for springs, antennas, and high resistance pieces.
X8CrNiS18-9 1.4305 Chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel with the addition of sulfur, which improves machinability by chip removal with machine tools, reducing however the resistance to corrosion in aggressive environments. The special “Plus” processing allows performances to be further improved during machining in terms of surface finish, tool life and machine productivity.
X6CrNiCuS18-9-2 1.4570 Steel with characteristics similar to X8CrNiS18-9, but with the addition of copper which, in addition to improving machinability on machine tools, also makes it suitable for certain types of cold deformation.
X5CrNi18-10 1.4301 The reference steel for the chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel category, it has good resistance to corrosion, cold deformability, and polishability. Its versatility makes it widely used for cutlery, grills, urban fixtures, and appliances, as well as in the automobile industry and in other applications.
X2CrNi18-9 1.4307 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNi18-10 but with a limited carbon content, which determines a higher resistance to intercrystalline corrosion and improved weldability. The 304Plus version, in addition to a controlled sulfur content, undergoes a special processing during the steelworks process that further improves machinability by chip removal.
X6CrNiTi18-10 1.4541 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNi18-10; the addition of titanium makes it more stable and further improves its resistance to intercrystalline corrosion.
X6CrNiNb18-10 1.4550 Steel with characteristics similar to the previous one, in which niobium is the stabilizing element to improve resistance to intercrystalline corrosion.
X2CrNi19-11 1.4306 Steel with characteristics similar to X2CrNi18-9, with a balanced analysis specially designed to enhance the cold deformability characteristics. Used for moulded pieces of all types (screws, pins).
X3CrNiCu18-9-4 1.4567 The addition of copper to the base characteristics of X5CrNi18-10 significantly increases cold deformability. It is therefore used for fasteners and in general for cold moulded parts when they are complex and have extreme deformations.
X5CrNiMo17-12-2 1.4401 Chromium-nickel-molybdenum austenitic stainless steel: this combination allows it to resist the action of chlorides. It is the typical steel for use in marine environments or in the chemical and food industries.
X2CrNiMo17-12-2 1.4404 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNiMo17-12-2 but with a limited carbon content, which determines a higher resistance to intercrystalline corrosion and improved weldability. The 316Plus version, in addition to a controlled sulfur content, undergoes a special processing during the steelworks process that further improves machinability by chip removal.
X6CrNiMoTi17-12-2 1.4571 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNiMo17-12-2; the addition of titanium makes it more stable and further improves its resistance to intercrystalline corrosion.
X2CrNiMo18-14-3 1.4435 This steel is derived from X2CrNiMo17-12-2 with an increase in the minimum molybdenum and nickel content: it is one of the most resistant steels in marine environments and in general in the presence of chlorides. It is used in critical situations in contact with salt and in the food industry.
RODINOX®   Thanks to extensive studies on the characteristics of stainless steels and market needs, Rodacciai has invented and patented Rodinox®℗, a low-nickel austenitic stainless steel wire with mechanical and corrosion resistance characteristics similar to those of 1.4301 (X5CrNi18-10), which it can replace in most cases. The austenitic structure is obtained through an opportune balancing of Ni (lower than X5CrNi18-10), Mn, Cu, and N (higher than X5CrNi18‑10) contents; the other elements are similar to X5CrNi18-10. In addition to the complete range of drawn wire products used for household goods, appliances, grills, racks, bicycle spokes, clothesline wires, etc., Rodacciai has also developed Rodinox Plus® in bars, with improved machinability by chip removal characteristics.
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X2CrNiN23-4 1.4362 Duplex steel of recent design, it has a high resistance to corrosion. It is used in place of 304 and, for certain applications, also in place of X5CrNiMo17-12-2. Typical applications include the petrochemical industry, the paper industry, heat exchangers and valves for the oil and gas industry, and construction.
X3CrNiMoN27-5-2 1.4460 A duplex steel, it has a high resistance to corrosion and is widely used in particularly aggressive environments such as those of offshore platforms. With high percentages of alloy elements, it has a higher chromium content and lower molybdenum content than AISI 2205. It is widely used in Northern Europe.
X2CrNiMoN22-5-3 1.4462 A dual phase steel, it has a very high resistance to corrosion and is especially used in offshore platforms. With respect to SS2324, it has a slightly lower chromium content and a greater quantity of molybdenum.
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X8CnNi25-21 1.4845 The particular chemical composition of this steel, with high chromium and nickel levels, allows it to resist elevated temperatures in an excellent way, for example in pieces exposed to the heat of heat treatment ovens.
X15CrNiSi25-21 1.4841 Similar to the previous type, it is differentiated only due to some analytical differences that further improve its resistance to high temperature.
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X6Cr17 1.4016 Basic ferritic stainless steel with a good resistance to corrosion: widely used in appliances, grills and the automobile industry. Difficult to machine by chip removal but with good cold deformability qualities. Some precautions are necessary during welding.
X6CrMoS17 1.4105 It is similar to the previous one, but the addition of sulfur improves its machinability, making it however less resistant to corrosion. Used for machining with chip removal, it is the low carbon version of the American 430F type. It is also used because of its low magnetic hysteresis characteristics.
X6CrMo17-1 1.4113 Steel similar to X6Cr17 with the addition of molybdenum, which confers a good resistance to atmospheric corrosion at room temperature and at higher temperatures.
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X12Cr13 1.4006 Basic martensitic steel with a low carbon content, a characteristic that on one hand limits temperability and mechanical characteristics after tempering, and on the other increases versatility. Suitable for all those fields in which very high mechanical characteristics are not required. Corrosion resistance sufficient for non-demanding applications.
X12CrS13 1.4005 Steel similar to the previous one; the addition of sulfur improves machinability by chip removal, but reduces resistance to corrosion, which in any case is improved with the material at the quenched and tempered state.
X20Cr13 1.4021 Widely used quenched and tempered steel, with mechanical characteristics superior to those of the X12Cr13 base type at the quenched and tempered state.
X30Cr13 1.4028 Probably the most popular of the martensitic stainless steels, it has a higher carbon content than the previous type, and combines good corrosion resistance, good deformability at the annealed state and good temperability. Used for pump shafts, electric motor shafts, tools and cutlery.
X39Cr13 1.4031 Martensitic stainless steel with a high carbon content, suitable for pieces with an elevated hardness such as tools, cutlery, and blades in general. After quenching and tempering the surface can also be hardened by induction tempering.
X46Cr13 1.4034 Similar to the above but with a higher carbon content, suitable for small pieces with high hardness, including rollers and balls for special bearings.
X14CrMoS17 1.4104 Martensitic steel with low temperability. The addition of sulfur makes this type widely used for mechanical machining with chip removal, also without the quenching and tempering treatment. The resistance to corrosion is limited due to the presence of sulfur, but is better in any case with respect to the X12CrS13 type thanks to the addition of molybdenum.
X39CrMo17-1 1.4122 Steel similar to X39Cr13 but with the addition of molybdenum, which increases its resistance to corrosion at high temperature.
X17CrNi16-2 1.4057 Martensitic stainless steel with the addition of nickel, which improves its resistance to corrosion. It is widely used even if, due to the limited carbon content, it has average mechanical characteristics.

 

Quality WNr. Description Pdf
X10CrNi18-8 1.4310 Chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel. The rather high carbon content allows high values of mechanical resistance to be achieved through extrusion hardening. Used for springs, antennas, and high resistance pieces.
X8CrNiS18-9 1.4305 Chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel with the addition of sulfur, which improves machinability by chip removal with machine tools, reducing however the resistance to corrosion in aggressive environments. The special “Plus” processing allows performances to be further improved during machining in terms of surface finish, tool life and machine productivity.
X6CrNiCuS18-9-2 1.4570 Steel with characteristics similar to X8CrNiS18-9, but with the addition of copper which, in addition to improving machinability on machine tools, also makes it suitable for certain types of cold deformation.
X5CrNi18-10 1.4301 The reference steel for the chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steel category, it has good resistance to corrosion, cold deformability, and polishability. Its versatility makes it widely used for cutlery, grills, urban fixtures, and appliances, as well as in the automobile industry and in other applications.
X2CrNi18-9 1.4307 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNi18-10 but with a limited carbon content, which determines a higher resistance to intercrystalline corrosion and improved weldability. The 304Plus version, in addition to a controlled sulfur content, undergoes a special processing during the steelworks process that further improves machinability by chip removal.
X6CrNiTi18-10 1.4541 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNi18-10; the addition of titanium makes it more stable and further improves its resistance to intercrystalline corrosion.
X6CrNiNb18-10 1.4550 Steel with characteristics similar to the previous one, in which niobium is the stabilizing element to improve resistance to intercrystalline corrosion.
X2CrNi19-11 1.4306 Steel with characteristics similar to X2CrNi18-9, with a balanced analysis specially designed to enhance the cold deformability characteristics. Used for moulded pieces of all types (screws, pins).
X3CrNiCu18-9-4 1.4567 The addition of copper to the base characteristics of X5CrNi18-10 significantly increases cold deformability. It is therefore used for fasteners and in general for cold moulded parts when they are complex and have extreme deformations.
X5CrNiMo17-12-2 1.4401 Chromium-nickel-molybdenum austenitic stainless steel: this combination allows it to resist the action of chlorides. It is the typical steel for use in marine environments or in the chemical and food industries.
X2CrNiMo17-12-2 1.4404 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNiMo17-12-2 but with a limited carbon content, which determines a higher resistance to intercrystalline corrosion and improved weldability. The 316Plus version, in addition to a controlled sulfur content, undergoes a special processing during the steelworks process that further improves machinability by chip removal.
X6CrNiMoTi17-12-2 1.4571 Steel with characteristics similar to X5CrNiMo17-12-2; the addition of titanium makes it more stable and further improves its resistance to intercrystalline corrosion.
X2CrNiMo18-14-3 1.4435 This steel is derived from X2CrNiMo17-12-2 with an increase in the minimum molybdenum and nickel content: it is one of the most resistant steels in marine environments and in general in the presence of chlorides. It is used in critical situations in contact with salt and in the food industry.
RODINOX®   Thanks to extensive studies on the characteristics of stainless steels and market needs, Rodacciai has invented and patented Rodinox®℗, a low-nickel austenitic stainless steel wire with mechanical and corrosion resistance characteristics similar to those of 1.4301 (X5CrNi18-10), which it can replace in most cases. The austenitic structure is obtained through an opportune balancing of Ni (lower than X5CrNi18-10), Mn, Cu, and N (higher than X5CrNi18‑10) contents; the other elements are similar to X5CrNi18-10. In addition to the complete range of drawn wire products used for household goods, appliances, grills, racks, bicycle spokes, clothesline wires, etc., Rodacciai has also developed Rodinox Plus® in bars, with improved machinability by chip removal characteristics.
Quality WNr. Description Pdf
X2CrNiN23-4 1.4362 Duplex steel of recent design, it has a high resistance to corrosion. It is used in place of 304 and, for certain applications, also in place of X5CrNiMo17-12-2. Typical applications include the petrochemical industry, the paper industry, heat exchangers and valves for the oil and gas industry, and construction.
X3CrNiMoN27-5-2 1.4460 A duplex steel, it has a high resistance to corrosion and is widely used in particularly aggressive environments such as those of offshore platforms. With high percentages of alloy elements, it has a higher chromium content and lower molybdenum content than AISI 2205. It is widely used in Northern Europe.
X2CrNiMoN22-5-3 1.4462 A dual phase steel, it has a very high resistance to corrosion and is especially used in offshore platforms. With respect to SS2324, it has a slightly lower chromium content and a greater quantity of molybdenum.
Quality WNr. Description Pdf
X8CnNi25-21 1.4845 The particular chemical composition of this steel, with high chromium and nickel levels, allows it to resist elevated temperatures in an excellent way, for example in pieces exposed to the heat of heat treatment ovens.
X15CrNiSi25-21 1.4841 Similar to the previous type, it is differentiated only due to some analytical differences that further improve its resistance to high temperature.

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