I'm working with 316L/A4 steel and I was wondering which precautions I should take when heating it. I want to heat bend a 316L steel rod, so it will need to be heated up to arround 1000°C.
316 is a stainless steel alloy, which has the following composition (If I've understood correctly 316L should be the same but with lower carbon content):
Min. % Max % Carbon 0 0.08 Silicon 0 1.00 Manganese 0 2.00 Nickel 10.00 14.00 Chromium 16.00 18.00 Molybdenum 2.00 3.00 Nitrogen 0 0.10 Phosphorous 0 0.045 Sulphur 0 0.03
I'm worried I will inhale something toxic since the alloy contains nickel and molybdenum. I think chromium shouldn't be much of a problem since any CrO3 compounds will decompose when heated.