What is the difference between Inconel, Monel, and stainless steel wire? Count on the team from Brookfield Wire to help you implement the right wire solutions for your next project.

The Difference Between Inconel Monel and Stainless Steel Wire / Custom-Shaped, Flat and Round Wire From Brookfield Wire


The Difference Between Inconel, Monel, and Stainless Steel Wire

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Do you and your colleagues need to find the difference between Inconel, Monel, and stainless steel wire to make the right choice for your next project? All three are notable for resistance to heat and durability. However, each of these three wire types consists of different materials and withstand different stresses in different ways, suiting different applications .

Inconel Wire

Chromium-based Inconel offers superior functionality across some of the most demanding of tasks. Specifically, Inconel offers exceptional resistance to oxidation, particularly during exposure to gas and under conditions of high temperature. For this reason, Inconel wire is often useful for drilling applications and marine tasks.

When an application requires high levels of pressure, Inconel alloys are often ideal for the job. For example, Inconel 625’s tensile strength can range from 103 to 160 ksi while the tensile strength of 304 stainless steel measures only 73.2 ksi.

Monel Wire

Monel wire, however, is copper-based, but also consists of nickel, iron and traces of other elements. Monel alloys are especially useful for applications that require wire parts to resist corrosion, especially wear from seawater. This makes Monel wire especially suitable for gasoline tanks, chemical processing applications and oil refineries.

When weldability and resistance to chemical wear are critical, Monel often makes the ideal choice. However, other properties vary widely across different Monel alloys. For example, Monel R-405 contains a designated amount of sulfur that offers sulfide inclusions that serve as chip breakers during the machining process. This alloy is often ideal for fasteners and valve parts. However, Monel 401 has a notably low-temperature coefficient of resistance, which makes the alloy ideal for electrical applications.

Stainless Steel Wire

Stainless steel offers a unique combination of versatility, durability and affordability. It consists of a combination of iron and carbon, along with chromium, nickel and other elements. While it resists a diverse range of stresses, stainless steel wire is particularly vulnerable to damage from chlorides and exposure to high temperatures. This combination, along with hygienic properties, makes this type of wire ideal for the medical field, as it can accommodate a diverse range of both shape and temper options.

When you need to determine the ideal type of wire for your project, you can feel confident in counting on the team of professionals from Brookfield Wire.

Custom-Shaped, Flat and Round Wire From Brookfield Wire

Do you and your team need durable, custom-shaped wire for your next project? Searching for the difference between Inconel, Monel, and stainless steel wire? Teams from across a wide range of industries count on the dedicated team of experts Brookfield Wire for net or near-net-shaped cross-sectional dimensions that are precise and that minimize both scrap and machining costs. Customers can choose from coils or cut-to-length options, and a complete selection of alloys, tempers and finishes.

Brookfield Wire carries an impressive selection of round wire, fine wire and ultra-fine wire that has a solution to suit nearly any task. Rolled wire shapes can accommodate requirements and designs that diamond and carbide dies cannot.

Round wire solutions are available in spools, cut-to-length packaging and catchweight coils. Specifically, customers can choose from both 1 lb. and 5 lb. spools, bulk coils, ¼ lb. Handi-Pak coils and New England butt, Wardwell 16 and 24, Carrier and Hacoba.

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Flat or ribbon wire from Brookfield Wire offers tight dimensional tolerances and multiple edges on narrow widths. Available wire edge options include broken corner, natural round, full rounded and square edge. Brookfield Wire flat wire solutions are also available in multiple finishes, sizes and alloys.

These solutions offer flat roll of up to ½” in width. For most projects, a maximum width thickness of 10:1 is possible. Customers can also choose from multiple packaging options for flat wire from Brookfield Wire, including continuous coils.

No matter your alloy or dimension requirements, you and your team can count on the professionals from Brookfield Wire for expert wire forming capabilities to suit nearly any project goal. We can draw wire down to .006 inches to meet your most stringent of project requirements.

Whether your next project requires durable wire, cable, springs, staples or other solutions, Brookfield Wire can deliver. Reach out to our team of manufacturers today to get the most out of your next customization and start moving forward with your next project.