These are plain chromium stainless steels with varying chromium content between 12 and 18%, but with low carbon content.

Basic properties

  • Moderate to good corrosion resistance increasing with chromium content
  • Not hardenable by heat treatment and always used in the annealed condition magnetic
  • Weldability is poor
  • Formability not as good as the austenitics

Common uses

  • Automotive trim (430)
  • Automotive exhausts (409)
  • Colliery equipment (3CR12)
  • Hot water tanks (444)

Common ferritic stainless grades and their applications


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