Why Is The Stainless Steel Welding Elbow Magnetic?

Why Is The Stainless Steel Welding Elbow Magnetic?

Many stainless steel welded elbows have a certain amount of magnetism, so what is the quality of such stainless steel welded elbows?

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People often think that magnets absorb stainless steel materials, verify their pros and cons and authenticity, non-magnetic, they think it is good, genuine goods; magnetic, they think it is counterfeit fakes. In fact, this is an extremely one-sided, unrealistic way of distinguishing mistakes.

There are many types of stainless steel, which can be divided into several categories according to the structure at room temperature:

1. Austenitic type: such as 304, 321, 316, 310, etc.;

2. Martensite or ferrite type: such as 430, 420, 410, etc.;

The austenite type is non-magnetic or weakly magnetic, and martensite or ferrite is magnetic.

Most of the stainless steels used for decorative tube sheets are austenitic 304 materials, which are generally non-magnetic or weakly magnetic. However, magnetic properties may occur due to fluctuations in chemical composition or processing conditions due to smelting, but this cannot be considered as Counterfeit or unqualified, what is the reason?

It is mentioned above that austenite is non-magnetic or weakly magnetic, while martensite or ferrite is magnetic. Due to segregation or improper heat treatment during smelting, a small amount of martensite or ferrite in austenitic 304 stainless steel is caused. Body organization. Thus, 304 stainless steel will have weak magnetic properties.

In addition, 304 stainless steel is cold-worked, and the microstructure is also transformed into martensite. The greater the cold work deformation, the more martensite transformation and the greater the magnetic properties of the steel. Like a batch of steel strips, it produces Φ76 tubes with no obvious magnetic induction and produces Φ9.5 tubes. Due to the large deformation of the bending, the magnetic induction is obvious. The rectangular tube produced is larger than the round tube, especially the angled part, and the deformation is more intense and the magnetic is more obvious.

In order to completely eliminate the magnetic properties of the 304 steel caused by the above reasons, the austenite structure can be restored by high-temperature solution treatment to eliminate the magnetic properties.

In particular, the magnetic properties of 304 stainless steel caused by the above reasons are not at the same level as the magnetic properties of other materials such as 430 and carbon steel. That is to say, the magnetic properties of 304 steel always show weak magnetic properties.

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