There are many different alloys and metals used in a wide range of construction and fabrication applications. With all the choices, it can seem like a challenge to choose the right option in threaded weld studs.
In many cases, one of the types of stainless steel threaded studs will turn out to be the correct choice. These are ideal when drawn arc welding or CD (capacitor discharge) stud welding is the process that will be used to attach the stud to the workpiece.
When To Use Stainless Steel Studs
As a general guideline, CD stud welding is used with thinner stainless steel or mild steel workpieces and when the stainless steel threaded studs are less than 3/8″ in diameter. Used for a range of small appliances, electronics, jewelry items, components for vehicles, manufacturing of kitchen utensils and pots and pans, this is a common method when aesthetics are important.
Arc stainless steel threaded studs are used when there is a large diameter of the stud and thicker workpieces. This is a highly effective method of creating an efficient, durable and pressure and leakproof weld that is built to last.
The Benefits of Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a material of choice for both weld studs as well as base materials due to its corrosion resistance, high strength, and durability.
By choosing the right type of stainless steel, most commonly 316 as well as 302, 304 and 305 stainless it is possible to accentuate specific properties of the metal to increase corrosion resistance or to create a weld that will hold even when it will have to withstand extremely high or low temperatures.
Stainless steel threaded studs are available in a variety of different shapes, lengths, and diameters. They can also be custom made by some manufacturers, allowing specialized studs for particular applications to match the fastener requirements for the particular project.