In addition to keeping a large range of Stainless Steel 304 tube in stock we are able to manufacture Stainless Steel 321, Inconel and Titanium tube from sheet material. We can also mandrel bend tubes in-house from 0.5 inches (12.7mm) up to 3 inches (76.2mm) with varying thickness and centre line radii.
Stainless Steel 304 has excellent resistance to corrosion from exhaust gases together with an ability to withstand the high temperatures that are common in exhaust applications. It also has beneficial mechanical properties that allow tight bend radii to be achieved.
Stainless Steel 321 is generally used in preference to 304 where higher temperatures are involved, particularly turbo charged systems. 321 is alloyed with titanium which helps eliminate carbide precipitation. This means that the chromium content of the material is not effected maintaining the materials stainless properties.
Inconel is an alloy of stainless steel with greater stability at extreme temperatures and is used at the highest levels of motorsport. Its suitability in these extreme applications is due to its low creep properties meaning that it is less prone to cracking throughout the hot/cold cycle. In addition to this it has a high tensile strength and also a high melting point. Because of this, it can be used in thicknesses from as low as 0.5mm up to 1.2mm thereby providing the opportunity to significantly reduce weight over normal stainless systems.