301 Stainless Steel Sheet

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301 stainless steel sheet

301 stainless steel is an austenitic chromium-nickel alloy with superior formability and corrosion resistance, ideal for many industrial uses such as springs and electric components.

Cold formed steel can be easily stamped and drawn, and readily formed in its annealed state. Furthermore, cold worked techniques allow high strength levels without compromising weldability or ductility.

Corrosion Resistance

Stainless steel is well-known for its resistance to corrosion, due to the presence of chromium which forms a self-healing oxide layer on its surface that protects it against oxygen reactions while simultaneously shielding from abrasion and wear and tear. As such, Aisi 301 makes an ideal material choice for washing machines, refrigerators and appliances that come into direct contact with water, acids or bases regularly.

As well as its corrosion resistance, Aisi 301 features excellent formability and workability characteristics, such as cold-forming and welding capabilities. Furthermore, this grade of stainless steel is less likely to develop carbide precipitation during welding compared to other varieties. Furthermore, its melting point allows it to withstand higher temperature ranges than other steel grades.

Aisi 301 is an austenitic grade that comes in various hardness conditions, including 1/4 hard, 1/2 hard and full hard. Due to its elevated carbon content it can be cold rolled and formed, making it an excellent choice for applications requiring both strength and ductility. Furthermore, Aisi 301 boasts impressive yield strength and tensile strength in the annealed condition which can be significantly increased through cold working.

Yaoyi’s Aisi 301 boasts excellent chemical resistance against acids, bases and organic chemicals – such as acids, foundations and organic chemicals – as well as being capable of withstanding very concentrated acids. Furthermore, most base compounds do not cause adverse effects to it; however it should not be used against highly aggressive substances like hydrofluoric acid and sodium hydroxide.

Stainless steel has become an increasingly popular material for construction projects due to its strength, resilience and flexibility. It makes an ideal material choice for building facades, handrails, staircases and doors as it helps improve natural lighting in a building while recycling makes it a green alternative to other materials used in buildings – all reasons that explain its increasing usage in both commercial and residential properties as well as high impact areas such as high rise buildings claddings.


West Yorkshire Steel are stockholders and suppliers of spring temper rolled 301 stainless steel sheet, available for delivery across the UK. This grade provides comparable corrosion resistance to that found in 304, with higher strength and hardness characteristics than its 304 counterpart. As it offers both strength and corrosion resistance capabilities, 301 grade is often chosen when applications such as drainage products or vehicle parts require both strength and corrosion resistance properties simultaneously.

Stainless Steel Grade 301 is an austenitic chromium nickel alloy that can be worked using most standard cold working methods. Although initially non-magnetic, after cold working it becomes magnetic. This improves formability and allows cold rolling without loss of tensile strength. 301 can be found in several conditions or tempers including 1/4 hard, 1/2 hard and full hard conditions or tempers.

It can also be welded, though discoloration may occur due to Chromium carbides present during weld. This issue can be addressed via post weld anneal process in order to restore corrosion resistance. 301 should only be used in environments with moderate corrosion as its corrosion resistance is less compared with 18-8 chromium-nickel alloys such as 18-8.

This grade can be readily formed and drawn, although severe forming or multiple forming operations may require intermediate anneals due to its high work hardening rate. Stamped or drawn products from this grade are used extensively in structural applications like subway cars, trailer bodies and automobile trim.

Grade 301’s composition is relatively straightforward with 17% Chromium and 7% Nickel as its core elements. The addition of nickel further strengthens work hardening capabilities while simultaneously helping it reach higher tensile strengths than more commonly utilized grades such as 304.

Starting with mining of chromite ore, stainless steel production begins by melting it down in an electric furnace along with other raw materials like iron ore and manganese ore. Once this molten mass has cooled down sufficiently it is sent through a roughing mill which reduces thickness before being sent onwards to be cold rolled onto sheets by another cold rolling mill.


301 stainless steel can be easily welded with most common welding methods; however, due to its chromium content it can be more susceptible to carbide precipitation during welding, which can result in discolored welds and reduced corrosion resistance in the heat-affected zone. Preheating prior to welding may help lessen this effect while an annealing process also removes impurities to improve weldability and weldability of 301 stainless steel.

Comparable to 304 stainless steel, grade 301 provides greater corrosion resistance in mildly corrosive environments at ambient temperature. Being higher-strength austenitic grade makes this material suitable for applications where mechanical force is required such as fabricating springs, fasteners and high pressure hoses. Furthermore, due to its excellent ductility and easy forming/drawing characteristics it makes an ideal material choice.

301 stainless steel has an ideal combination of carbon content and drawing/forming properties, which allow for excellent drawing/forming properties when drawing/forming it into parts or forms. As a result, this stainless steel is widely used in industrial machinery, aircraft parts, automotive trim, as well as durable applications such as car components, truck wheels and drainage products.

Cold forming of this material is possible using traditional cold-forming methods; however, severe or multiple forming operations may necessitate intermediate annealing for maximum strength and ductility.

301 stainless steel can be used for welding a variety of alloys, such as carbon and low-alloy steels. It’s suitable for MIG, TIG and ARC welding processes due to its low chromium and nickel contents; additionally its lower Chromium/Ni ratio makes welding at higher temperatures than with other austenitic grades possible.

Before welding 301 stainless steel, it is imperative that it has been properly annealed. Annealing will prevent cracking and tearing during welding while helping avoid corrosion in the weld heat-affected zone. Annealing involves heating it below its recrystallization point before slowly cooling it; this restores both its tensile strength and corrosion resistance properties.


Stainless steel is an affordable material used in numerous applications. It’s durable, easy to maintain, and features a shiny surface – ideal qualities in many situations! Plus it resists corrosion and stains; making it a top pick. There are various varieties of stainless steel; each contains different amounts of iron, chromium, nickel and other metals – such as the popular austenitic type 301 that’s often seen used for industrial, commercial and consumer goods due to its excellent resistance against atmosphere corrosion.

Grade 301 stainless steel can be more difficult to work than other grades of stainless steel, but can still be formed using conventional metalworking techniques. With lower chromium-nickel content than grade 304 and reduced work hardening risk, grade 301 forms more easily making it ideal for jobs requiring moderate drawing or forming; however, post forming it must be annealed due to cold-work hardening issues.

301 sheet metal offers excellent corrosion resistance as well as strength and ductility when cold worked, which allows it to be welded using standard methods and heat treated to improve its tensile strength and toughness. Mechanical stress resistance is key when considering sheet metal sheets and 301 can withstand greater pressure than 304.

The cost of 301 stainless steel can differ depending on your location, as its price depends on chromium and nickel costs. While generally cheaper than its 304 counterpart, its exact price may change over time; to stay informed of its current worthiness it is best to reach out directly to a supplier.

Thin Metal Sales offers an expansive selection of stainless steel grades. Our 301 stainless steel sheet comes in various conditions and sizes, at competitive pricing with fast delivery. Our friendly staff would be more than happy to answer any queries about our products or help place orders – contact us today if you’d like more information, a quote for custom sizes and shapes or any other inquiries relating to them! We look forward to working together!

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