So you want a Stainless Steel bolt? Not a problem, we can supply you with that, but what we will also give you is a little bit of information you may find handy whilst working with this particular compound.
Stainless Steel is a steel alloy combined with a minimum 10% chromium content, renowned for it’s anti rust, low corrosion, anti tarnish and durability properties. Before you launch into purchasing this handy versatile component, let me explain certain complexities you may encompass and ways in which to avoid them.
Stainless steel is a popular fastener material due to its inherent resistance to corrosion and generally higher tensile strength than commercial low carbon steel. However, during installation users may encounter galling resulting in
excessive wear, or in the worst case, seizing of the mating components, Figure
By identifying the likely causes, designers and assemblers can safeguard against this mischievous, and sometimes misunderstood, phenomenon. While galling can occur between a multitude of mating surfaces, this bulletin focuses on the causes and prevention associated with threaded fasteners.