Type 316 /316L stainless steel, with its chromium-nickel and low carbon content, is a commonly used austenitic stainless steel. This alloy has similar physical properties and fabrication characteristics as Type 304. The addition of Molybdenum (versus 304) increases the corrosion resistance in salt water applications. The biocompatibility of this alloy has been well researched. This grade of stainless is an economical option and typically readily available. The lower carbon content in 316L grade increases resistance to intergranular corrosion following welding or stress relieving