SS Sheet EN1.4432/36 >12MM
Austenitic steels with designations 1.4432 and 1.4436 are so-called acid resistant grades containing chromium, nickel and molybdenum just like 1.4404, but in 1.4432/1.4436 the content of molybdenum is about 0.5% higher. The difference between the two grades is that in 1.4436, the maximum allowed carbon content is higher than for 1.4432 which can mean that the former has marginally higher strength. In practice, the difference in carbon between 1.4436 and 1.4432 is often of little significance. However, if welding is to be performed, 1.4432 is the preferred choice since corrosion resistance in the vicinity of the weld could be impaired for 1.4436.
Flat formats of 1.4432/1.4436 are standardised in EN 10088-2. This standard covers hot-finished plate with thicknesses up to and including 75 mm.
In comparison with 1.4404, the higher content of molybdenum means that grades 1.4432 and 1.4436 show somewhat better immunity to attack by weak acids and chloride-containing water so long as the chloride concentration is not too high; an example of an environment where the steels work well is salt-laden coastal atmosphere. These materials are also a common choice for equipment in the pulp and paper industry, chemical plants and energy production.
The formability, e.g. by bending or roll forming, of hot-finished plate in grades 1.4432/1.4436 is very good, often equivalent to that for hot-rolled plate in carbon steel. The steels are also characterised by very good weldability and seldom pose any problems in fabrication of welded structures. However, machining (milling, drilling) of plate in 1.4432/1.4436 can be troublesome but processing is facilitated by making use of tooling specifically designed for machining stainless steel
The surface finish of 1.4432/1.4436 plate as stocked is 1D (annealed and with surface oxide removed by pickling).