The Benefits of Stainless Steel

Understanding and identifying the ideal enclosure material

Stainless steel is a steel alloy, consisting of at least 11 percent chromium. Chromium provides the shiny appearance it is known for, but also offers superior corrosion resistance. Unprotected carbon steel rusts quickly when exposed to air and moisture, degrading its mechanical properties and appearance. Stainless steel generally retains its properties in most conditions. However, there are some environments which can cause corrosion for stainless steel, such as low oxygen, high salinity (salt) and some extreme conditions (i.e. mines, strong acids). When stainless steel does experience corrosion, it is commonly by means of pitting, which appear as reddish spots on the surface.