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AISI 303Se (S30323) Stainless Steel

AISI 303Se stainless steel is an austenitic stainless steel formulated for primary forming into wrought products. Cited properties are appropriate for the annealed condition. 303Se is the AISI designation for this material. S30323 is the UNS number.

It has a moderately low embodied energy among the wrought austenitic stainless steels in the database.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare AISI 303Se stainless steel to: wrought austenitic stainless steels (top), all iron alloys (middle), and the entire database (bottom). A full bar means this is the highest value in the relevant set. A half-full bar means it's 50% of the highest, and so on.

Mechanical Properties

Brinell Hardness

180

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

200 GPa 28 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

45 %

Fatigue Strength

210 MPa 30 x 103 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.28

Reduction in Area

57 %

Shear Modulus

77 GPa 11 x 106 psi

Shear Strength

410 MPa 60 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

590 MPa 85 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

230 MPa 33 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

290 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Corrosion

410 °C 780 °F

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

930 °C 1700 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1420 °C 2590 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1380 °C 2510 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

480 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

16 W/m-K 9.2 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

16 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

2.4 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

2.8 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

16 % relative

Density

7.8 g/cm3 490 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

3.0 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

42 MJ/kg 18 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

140 L/kg 17 gal/lb

Common Calculations

PREN (Pitting Resistance)

18

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

210 MJ/m3

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

130 kJ/m3

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

14 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

25 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

21 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

20 points

Thermal Diffusivity

4.3 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

13 points

Alloy Composition

Among wrought stainless steels, the composition of AISI 303Se stainless steel is notable for including selenium (Se). Selenium is used to improve machinability.

Iron (Fe) 67.2 to 74.9
Chromium (Cr) 17 to 19
Nickel (Ni) 8.0 to 10
Manganese (Mn) 0 to 2.0
Silicon (Si) 0 to 1.0
Selenium (Se) 0.15 to 0.35
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.2
Carbon (C) 0 to 0.15
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.060

All values are % weight. Ranges represent what is permitted under applicable standards.

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

ASTM A895: Standard Specification for Free-Machining Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip

ASTM A473: Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Forgings

Welding Metallurgy and Weldability of Stainless Steels, John C. Lippold and Damian J. Kotecki, 2005

ASTM A959: Standard Guide for Specifying Harmonized Standard Grade Compositions for Wrought Stainless Steels

Corrosion of Austenitic Stainless Steels: Mechanism, Mitigation and Monitoring, H. S. Khatak and B. Raj (editors), 2002

Austenitic Stainless Steels: Microstructure and Mechanical Properties, P. Marshall, 1984

Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels and High Performance Alloys, ASM Handbook vol. 1, ASM International, 1993

ASM Specialty Handbook: Stainless Steels, J. R. Davis (editor), 1994

Advances in Stainless Steels, Baldev Raj et al. (editors), 2010

CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook, 4th ed., James F. Shackelford et al. (editors), 2015