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EN 1.4526 (X6CrMoNb17-1) Stainless Steel

EN 1.4526 stainless steel is a ferritic stainless steel formulated for primary forming into wrought products. Cited properties are appropriate for the annealed condition. 1.4526 is the EN numeric designation for this material. X6CrMoNb17-1 is the EN chemical designation.

It has a fairly high thermal conductivity among wrought ferritic stainless steels. In addition, it has a moderately high ductility and a moderately high embodied energy.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare EN 1.4526 stainless steel to: wrought ferritic 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 29 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

25 %

Fatigue Strength

230 MPa 33 x 103 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.28

Shear Modulus

77 GPa 11 x 106 psi

Shear Strength

340 MPa 50 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

540 MPa 78 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

330 MPa 48 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

280 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Corrosion

490 °C 910 °F

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

880 °C 1610 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1450 °C 2650 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1410 °C 2570 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

480 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

30 W/m-K 17 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

10 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

2.5 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

2.9 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

13 % relative

Density

7.7 g/cm3 480 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

2.9 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

41 MJ/kg 17 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

120 L/kg 15 gal/lb

Common Calculations

PREN (Pitting Resistance)

21

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

120 MJ/m3

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

280 kJ/m3

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

14 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

25 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

19 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

19 points

Thermal Diffusivity

8.1 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

19 points

Alloy Composition

Among wrought stainless steels, the composition of EN 1.4526 stainless steel is notable for including niobium (Nb). Niobium is primarily used to improve yield strength, particularly at elevated temperatures.

Iron (Fe) 77.4 to 83.1
Chromium (Cr) 16 to 18
Molybdenum (Mo) 0.8 to 1.4
Niobium (Nb) 0.1 to 1.0
Manganese (Mn) 0 to 1.0
Silicon (Si) 0 to 1.0
Carbon (C) 0 to 0.080
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.040
Nitrogen (N) 0 to 0.040
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.015

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

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

EN 10088-2: Stainless steels - Part 2: Technical delivery conditions for sheet/plate and strip of corrosion resisting steels for general purposes

EN 10088-3: Stainless steels - Part 3: Technical delivery conditions for semi-finished products, bars, rods, wire, sections and bright products of corrosion resisting steels for general purposes

EN 10088-1: Stainless steels - Part 1: List of stainless steels

Corrosion of Stainless Steels, A. John Sedriks, 1996

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