EN 10088-2:2014 - A European Standard for Stainless Steels
EN 10088-2:2014 is a European standard that specifies the technical delivery conditions for hot or cold rolled sheet/plate and strip of standard grades and special grades of corrosion resisting stainless steels for general purposes. It was approved by CEN on 9 August 2014 and supersedes EN 10088-2:2005[^1^].
The standard covers the chemical composition, mechanical properties, surface finish, dimensional tolerances and inspection methods for stainless steels used in various applications, such as food processing, construction, engineering and chemical industries. The standard also provides guidance on the selection of appropriate grades and corrosion resistance classes for different environments and service conditions.
EN 10088-2:2014 is part of a series of standards on stainless steels that includes EN 10088-1:2014 (general technical delivery conditions), EN 10088-3:2014 (technical delivery conditions for semi-finished products, bars, rods, wire, sections and bright products), EN 10088-4:2009 (technical delivery conditions for sheet/plate and strip for construction purposes) and EN 10088-5:2009 (technical delivery conditions for bars, rods, wire, sections and bright products for high temperature applications).
The standard is available in three official languages (English, French and German) and can be purchased from the national standards bodies of CEN members or from the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre. A PDF version of the standard can also be downloaded from some online sources[^2^] [^3^] [^4^].Benefits of Using Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is not only a versatile and durable material, but also has many benefits that make it a desirable choice for various applications. Some of the benefits of using stainless steel are:
Resistance to Corrosion: Stainless steel is an alloy with at least 10.5% chromium and sufficient nickel (or manganese) content to leave at least 4% of chromium in the stainless fraction. This combination provides excellent corrosion resistance, hence its use in kitchen sinks, building construction and many other industries that require exposure to water, air, chemicals or acids[^2^].
Cleanliness: Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic materials and does not support the growth of bacteria and other pathogens. It is easy to clean and sanitize, which makes it ideal for food processing, storage and preparation. It also does not impact the flavor or quality of the food[^1^] [^3^].
Aesthetics: Stainless steel has a smooth, shiny and sleek appearance that can enhance the look of any space. It is available in different finishes, such as matte, brushed or polished, to suit different preferences and styles. It can also be easily shaped, cut or welded into various forms and designs[^2^].
Fire and Heat Resistance: Stainless steel has a high oxidation resistance, which means it can withstand high temperatures without losing its strength or shape. It also does not catch fire or melt easily, which makes it suitable for high-temperature applications, such as furnaces, boilers, ovens or fireplaces[^1^] [^3^].
Recyclability: Stainless steel is a 100% recyclable material that can be reused without any loss of quality or performance. It is estimated that about 60% of new stainless steel products are made from recycled material, which reduces the environmental impact and saves energy and resources[^1^] [^2^].
Durability: Stainless steel is a strong, durable and long-lasting material that can withstand wear and tear, abrasion, impact and fatigue. It does not crack, warp or dent easily, which makes it low-maintenance and cost-effective. It also has a high lifespan and can last for decades without needing replacement[^1^] [^2^].