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AWS ENiCrFe-3 (W86182) Weld Metal

AWS ENiCrFe-3 is a nickel-based filler metal for welding. Cited properties are appropriate for the as-welded condition. ENiCrFe-3 is the AWS designation for this material. W86182 is the UNS number. It has a moderately low melting temperature among the nickel-based welding fillers in the database.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare AWS ENiCrFe-3 to: nickel-based welding fillers (top), all nickel 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

190 GPa 28 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

34 %

Poisson's Ratio


Shear Modulus

74 GPa 11 x 106 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

630 MPa 91 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

310 J/g

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1370 °C 2490 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1320 °C 2410 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

460 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Expansion

13 µm/m-K

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

65 % relative


8.4 g/cm3 520 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

11 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

150 MJ/kg 66 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

260 L/kg 31 gal/lb

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

13 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

23 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

21 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

19 points

Thermal Shock Resistance

18 points

Alloy Composition

Nickel (Ni) 52 to 81
Chromium (Cr) 13 to 17
Manganese (Mn) 5.0 to 9.5
Iron (Fe) 0 to 10
Niobium (Nb) 1.0 to 2.5
Silicon (Si) 0 to 1.0
Titanium (Ti) 0 to 1.0
Copper (Cu) 0 to 0.5
Tantalum (Ta) 0 to 0.3
Cobalt (Co) 0 to 0.12
Carbon (C) 0 to 0.1
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.030
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.015
Residuals 0 to 0.5

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

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

AWS A5.11: Specification for Nickel and Nickel Alloy Welding Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding