The standard sieves with stainless steel mesh is a measuring device for determining the size and size distribution of particles in a material sample, which uses differently opened wire mesh to separate particles of different sizes. These early sieves were made from woven reeds and grass. Today's standard sieves with stainless steel mesh are the most commonly used techniques for analyzing particle size distribution.
The standard sieves with stainless steel mesh usually consists of a wire mesh held in a frame. In most laboratory applications, the frame is round and made of stainless steel or brass. Standard frame sizes are three, six, eight, ten or twelve inches in diameter and metric equivalent. The woven mesh can be made of stainless steel, brass, or bronze. Stainless steel is the most commonly used material for most applications.