Why does stainless steel rust? - Better Technology CO., LTD.


Why does stainless steel rust?

When brown rust spots (dot) appeared on the surface of stainless steel pipes, people were amazed: "Stainless steel is not rusted, rust is not stainless steel, and there may be problems with steel." In fact, this is a one-sided misconception about the lack of understanding of stainless steel. Stainless steel will also rust under certain conditions.
Stainless steel has the ability to resist atmospheric oxidation - that is, rust, and also has the ability to corrode in acids, alkalis, and salts - that is, corrosion resistance. However, the magnitude of its corrosion resistance varies with the chemical composition of the steel itself, the state of addition, the conditions of use, and the type of environmental medium. For example, 304 steel pipe has absolutely excellent rust resistance in a dry and clean atmosphere, but it is moved to the coastal area, and it will soon rust in sea fog containing a lot of salt; while 316 steel pipe will perform good. Therefore, it is not any kind of stainless steel, it can resist corrosion and rust in any environment.

There are many forms in which the surface film is damaged, and the following are common in daily life:
Stainless steel is a very thin and strong and stable chromium-rich oxide film (protective film) formed on the surface to prevent the oxygen atoms from continuing to infiltrate and continue to oxidize, thereby obtaining the ability to resist rust. Once for some reason, the film is continually destroyed, oxygen atoms in the air or liquid will continue to infiltrate or iron atoms in the metal will be continuously separated, forming loose iron oxide, and the metal surface will be continuously rusted. There are many forms of such surface film damage, and the following are common in daily life:
1. On the surface of the stainless steel, there are deposits of dust or dissimilar metal particles containing other metal elements. In humid air, the condensed water between the deposit and the stainless steel is connected into a micro battery, which triggers an electrochemical reaction. The protective film is damaged, which is called electrochemical corrosion.
2. The surface of the stainless steel adheres to the organic juice (such as melon, noodle soup, glutinous rice, etc.), and in the case of water and oxygen, constitutes an organic acid, and the organic acid corrodes the metal surface for a long time.
3. The surface of the stainless steel adheres to acid, alkali and salt substances (such as alkali water and lime water splashing on the wall), causing local corrosion.
4. In polluted air (such as the atmosphere containing a large amount of sulfide, carbon oxide, nitrogen oxide), in the case of condensed water, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, acetic acid liquid point is formed, causing chemical corrosion.

All of the above can cause the corrosion of the stainless steel surface protective film to cause rust. Therefore, in order to ensure that the metal surface is permanently bright and not rusted, we recommend:
1. The decorative stainless steel surface must be cleaned and scrubbed frequently to remove the deposits and eliminate external factors that cause modification.
2. 316 stainless steel is used in the seaside area, and 316 is resistant to seawater corrosion.
3. Some stainless steel tube chemical components on the market cannot meet the corresponding national standards and cannot meet the 304 material requirements. Therefore, it will also cause rust, which requires the user to carefully select the products of reputable fire pump manufacturers.
Why is stainless steel magnetic?
People often think that magnets adsorb stainless steel, verify its advantages and disadvantages and authenticity, do not attract non-magnetic, think it is good, the goods are genuine; if the absorber is magnetic, it is considered a counterfeit fake. 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 organizational structure at room temperature:

1. Austenitic type: such as 201, 202, 301, 304, 316, 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 as decorative tube sheets are austenitic type 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, and 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.
This tells us that if the stainless steel strip is weakly magnetic or not magnetic at all, it should be judged as 304 or 316 material; if it is the same as the magnetic steel, it shows strong magnetism, because it is judged not to be 304 material.