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Re: Suggestions for a small boat vang

Originally Posted by dacap06 View Post
I wish I understood stainless steel grading better. Does anyone know the advantage of 8-18 such as those rivets are made of vs 316?
The complexities of metal naming are rediculous... But here is a brief primer.

18/8 and 316 are determined by different standards bodies, so there is not a rule that translates between the different organizations.

Secondly 18/8 and 316 are really a group of alloys, not a specific one. Hey refer to any alloy that has the minimum characteristics demanded, and the maximum demanded. But could vary significantly otherwise.

18/8 refers to a group of alloys that have a minimum of 18% chromium, and 8% nickle.

316 refers to the group of alloys that have A minimum of 16% chromium, 10% nickle, 2% molybdenum.

Both have a host of other requirements, and trace metal allowances but those are the major differences.

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