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Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel does not readily corrode, rust. Steel with water as ordinary steel does, but despite the name it is not fully stain-proof, most notably under low oxygen, high salinity, or poor circulation environments. Stainless Steel is also called corrosion-resistant steel. when the alloy type and grade are not detailed, particularly in the aviation industry. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment the alloy must endure. Stainless steel is used where both the properties of steel and resistance to corrosion are required.

Stainless steels contain sufficient chromium to form a passive film of chromium oxide, which prevents further surface corrosion and blocks corrosion from spreading into the metal's internal structure, and due to the similar size of the steel and oxide molecules they bond very strongly and remain attached to the surface. Stainless steel differs from carbon steel by the amount of chromium present. Carbon steel rusts readily when exposed to air and moisture. This iron oxide film is active and accelerates corrosion by forming more iron oxide, and due to the dissimilar size of the iron.

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