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AWS E383 (W88028) Weld Metal

AWS E383 is a weld metal formulated for joining stainless steels. Cited properties are appropriate for the as-welded condition. E383 is the AWS designation for this material. W88028 is the UNS number.

It has a fairly low thermal conductivity among stainless steel welding fillers. In addition, it has a very high base cost and a very high embodied energy.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare AWS E383 to: stainless steel welding fillers (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

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

210 GPa 30 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

34 %

Poisson's Ratio

0.28

Shear Modulus

80 GPa 12 x 106 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

580 MPa 84 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

320 J/g

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1420 °C 2580 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1370 °C 2490 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

470 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

12 W/m-K 6.9 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

14 µm/m-K

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

37 % relative

Density

8.1 g/cm3 500 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

6.4 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

89 MJ/kg 38 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

240 L/kg 29 gal/lb

Common Calculations

PREN (Pitting Resistance)

40

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

14 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

24 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

20 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

19 points

Thermal Diffusivity

3.1 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

15 points

Alloy Composition

Iron (Fe) 28.8 to 39.2
Nickel (Ni) 30 to 33
Chromium (Cr) 26.5 to 29
Molybdenum (Mo) 3.2 to 4.2
Manganese (Mn) 0.5 to 2.5
Copper (Cu) 0.6 to 1.5
Silicon (Si) 0 to 0.9
Carbon (C) 0 to 0.030
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.020
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.020

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

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

AWS A5.4: Specification for Stainless Steel Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding

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

Welding Metallurgy of Stainless Steels, Erich Folkhard et al., 2012