Online Metals is expanding our product offering with new Stainless Steel 455 Round Bar!
Within the world of metals, stainless steels are considered high-alloy steels. This is because they contain about 4-30% chromium. All steels are classified into three broad groups. Without being too technical, these are based on the crystalline structure of their molecules. The three categories are martensitic, austenitic, and ferritic. Grade 455 is a martensitic stainless steel. It possesses a yield strength which is nearly 3 times the strength of grade 304 stainless steel. However, it also maintains a corrosion resistance uncommon in other martensitic steels.
STAINLESS STEEL 455 (UNS S45500)
Stainless steel 455 is commonly referred to by its trade name, Custom 455. Also, it combines corrosion resistance, easy fabrication, and exceptional yield strength. 455 is mainly used in applications that require greater corrosion resistance than offered by other 400 series alloys along with higher strength than the 300 series alloys.
455 is relatively soft and formable in an annealed condition. However, it can be machined and welded in similar ways as other age-hardened stainless steels. Additionally, the single step aging treatment yields exceptional strength coupled with good ductility and toughness.
Stainless steel 455 is optimal for applications that require simplicity of heat treatment, ease of fabrication, high strength, and corrosion resistance in combination. This gives the alloy a wide range of uses. For example, architectural, food processing and handling, heat exchangers, conveyors, aerospace, chemical, medical, and turbines are all areas that use stainless steel 455.
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