The austenitic stainless steels are essentially nonmagnetic in the annealed condition and can be hardened only by cold working. They usually possess excellent cryogenic properties and good high-temperature strength and oxidation resistance. Even the leanest austenitic stainless steels (e.g., types 302 and 304) offer general corrosion resistance in the atmosphere, in many aqueous media, in the presence of foods, and in oxidizing acids such as nitric acid. Austenitic stainless steels offer excellent corrosion resistance in organic, acid, industrial and marine environments. The non-magnetic properties combined with exceptionally high toughness at all temperatures make these steels an excellent selection for a wide variety of applications.