A laptop, iPad or smartphone can come with a plethora of stainless steel components, but can it really be the same as an iPhone, or even a MacBook Pro?
The answer is yes, according to a new study.
The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Cambridge, and the results are published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.
This study analysed the corrosion resistance of 304 stainless steel parts.
It was carried by the team of researchers from the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Materials Sciences, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cambridge.
They used a combination of computer simulations, laser scanning and laser ablation to create computer models of how corrosion would happen on a 304 stainless metal plate.
This led them to conclude that 304 stainless components would generally exhibit high corrosion resistance.
In particular, they found that 304 steel bolts and fittings would show high corrosion rates.
A lot of the stainless steel bolts on laptops and tablets are welded together with 316 stainless steel.
This allows for the corrosion to happen on the steel plate and it also allows for it to be welded back together to make the device.
However, this type of welding is prone to cracking during prolonged exposure to moisture and the steel plates surface can become brittle.
These corrosion rates were much higher than expected for 304 stainless bolts and bolts.
The researchers tested the stainless metal components on two types of stainless metal plates, and found that corrosion was significantly higher for 304 steel than 316 stainless.
It is not clear why this happened, but the researchers suggest that this could be due to the presence of a high-temperature contact between the metal plates.
This high-temp contact is what allows the corrosion rates to increase.
When the researchers removed the 304 stainless screws from the laptops, they noticed a high number of cracks in the metal and were unable to remove the stainless bolts.
They suggested that the corrosion could have been caused by the high-tensioning steel plate in the laptop.
The new research also found that the stainless components were much less prone to breaking under normal use, and therefore were more likely to last for many years.
The study has implications for many types of laptops, tablets and smartphones, from laptops to laptops with built-in batteries.
The team is now working on designing better, lighter versions of 304 Stainless.
The findings could be used to design new kinds of laptops that do not use 304 stainless.
The implications of the new research are significant, as it is likely that the number of stainless components in laptops will continue to grow in the future.
A report by Microsoft in November suggested that laptops and other devices will continue using 304 stainless, but that this is not necessarily because they will become less corrosion resistant.
The report stated that this type will still be a viable material for laptops and that its corrosion resistance was not a concern.
This means that they can still use 304 components in the same way as before, but it could mean that the cost of this type is higher than other materials, which will make them less popular.
The results are being published in Applied Physics Lett., so you can read more about the research in the report.
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