The term ‘stainless steel’ often brings the image of cutlery to mind. While kitchenware certainly is one major usage for this metal, there are actually many other places it can be found. In this article, we’ll be running through some quick facts about stainless steel, including how the metal is formed, places to find stainless steel and its recyclability.
What is stainless steel?
Adopted as a generic name for steels used in cutlery applications, stainless steel now refers to a wide range of types of steels. This metal is an irony alloy, with a minimum of 10.5% chromium, along with other elements such as nickel, titanium, copper and molybdenum. These other elements are added in order to boost the internal structure of the steel in terms of strength, cryogenic toughness and formability. To be classified as a stainless steel, the metal should be corrosion resistant in its specific environment or for its intended purpose. Further properties can be added to enhance the quality and strength.
Where can stainless steel be found?
Surprisingly, many famous buildings are made of stainless steel. These include the Chrysler Building in New York and as part of the structural support for the Statue of Liberty. Using this metal creates a reflective exterior appearance and prevent against corrosion. This metal is also used in many household applications, such as in the kitchen.
Stainless steel can be recycled!
As one of the most environmentally friendly metals to recycle, giving stainless steel a new life can be a great way to help out the planet. Up to 92% of this metal can be recycled at the end of its life, in new carbon or stainless steel. Metal Men Recycling are a local recycling hub, and they offer cash for scrap metal.
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