Because of the hard wearing and aesthetic appeal of stainless steel, it is commonly used as street furniture as posts and handrails or as signage. Typically, 304 is used for these however, in more severe environments, such as close to the sea, grade 316 may be more suitable. Here you can see the differences between 304 and 316.
In public restrooms, the need for a hard wearing, corrosion resistant material is crucial. As different grades of stainless steel have different cost and corrosion properties, this metal is well suited for making products such as hand dryers, soap dispensers and toilet roll holders.
Although aluminium and steel play a huge part in the automotive industry, stainless steel still accounts for a large percentage of metal used. It is used on many vehicles in exhausts systems and sill plates and more prominently to manufacture road tankers and waste and recycling vehicles.
Because it is relatively easy to weld, has good structural properties and low maintenance, pressure vessels are commonly manufactured from stainless steel and with the added advantage of corrosion resistance, it is also used heavily in the food manufacturing and brewing industry.
Power Generation Plants
Most power generation plants require corrosive resistant and durable metals. Because of its corrosive resistant properties, stainless steel is extensively used in various types of power generation plants.
In the nuclear power industry, stainless steel particularly with low cobalt content is often used in radiation containment and power generation.
Turbines used in gas, steam and water plants are also made from stainless steel. It is preferred in these applications because of its corrosion and heat resisting qualities.
Pulp and Paper Industries
Pulp and paper industries prefer to use stainless steel in their applications to avoid iron contamination of their products and also to prevent corrosion of the equipment.
Chemical, Oil and Gas Processing Industries
From stainless steel tanks, pipes, valves and tanks, stainless steel features heavily in what is considered as one of the most stainless steel-demanding industries.
Stainless steel road tankers can be seen up and down the motorways carrying various products.