Accufab Metalworks is known for providing superior stainless steel metal fabrication in Winnipeg to companies working in the transportation, aerospace and agriculture industries.
Stainless steels affords an impressive versatility that allows for a wide range of fabricating techniques. Although stainless steel has high work-hardening and strength rates, it’s also malleable enough to be welded, folded, bent, spun, machined or deep drawn.
Work hardening strengthens stainless steel through deformation. Exact rates of work hardening depends on the alloy grade of a piece of stainless steel. For example, austenitic steel has a slightly higher hardening rate than carbon steel. Commonly used in a fabrication process, austenitic steel is non-magnetic, corrosion-resistant and offers the benefits of formability.
We also match steel grades with the appropriate work hardening treatment. Austenitic stainless steel is hardened solely through a thermal process called “cold working.” This process is also applied to other stainless steel grades.
Martensitic and austenitic stainless steel benefit the most from a professionally completed work hardening application. Stainless steel that’s been cold drawn may achieve greater than 2000 MPa tensile properties. However, strength level of cold drawn steel is typically restricted to fine wire dimensions.
Rapid work hardening rates also improve the effectiveness of alloys in products requiring resistance to corrosion and high strength. In particular, the martensitic group of stainless steels offers the best hardness and corrosion-resistance levels needed in parts such as bearings, valves and tools.
General purpose--Grade 304
Gears, fittings and fasteners--Grade 303
Chemical applications--Grade 316
Projects requiring welding--Grade 304L
Projects involving high temperatures--Grade 309
Projects associated with chemicals--Grade 316
Fasteners, shafts and axles--Grade 416
Vehicle exhaust systems--Grade 439
Vehicle heat exchangers--Grade 409
Food/agricultural industry--Grade 430
Chemical, nuclear and aerospace projects--17-4PH
Fasteners, fittings and valves--15-5PH
Wear-resistant projects and bearings--Grade 440C
General purpose--Grade 410
Desalination facilities and pressure vessels--2507
Pressure vessels and heat exchangers--2205
Accufab would be happy to answer all your questions about stainless steel and upcoming projects involving stainless steel. With over 20 years working to develop a 100% customer satisfaction rating in Canada and the U.S., our number one priority is you—the customer. Don't hesitate to call Accufab Metalworks today to learn how we can help streamline and maximize the quality of your next project.
Accufab Metalworks also fabricates aftermarket stainless steel parts, or parts that were added to an aerospace, agricultural or transportation products after the product was placed on the market. If you need an aftermarket stainless steel part customized to meet certain specifications or compliance guidelines, contact us today for immediate assistance.