From: email@example.com (Carl Ijames)
Subject: Re: 304 SS Question
Date: 11 Sep 1999 00:45:37 GMT
> If you like sweeping and wildly innacurate yet undoubtedly useful
>generalizations you'll *love* this:
Can I play too :-)?
> Austenitic stainless (300 series like 304, 316, etc.) isn't magnetic.
Fully annealed 300 series isn't magnetic. However, any work hardening
also makes it magnetic. I think that theoretically 304 is less magnetic
than 316, but I've seen examples of both that range from "no detectible
pull as I stuck it down the bore of a 7 tesla magnet" to "picks a little
permanent magnet up off of a table". For what it's worth, I try to buy
316 screws and nuts because they seem less magnetic on average than the
generic 18/8 stuff. If you really need a piece to be nonmagnetic you
really have to have it annealed yourself.
Carl Ijames firstname.lastname@example.org