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EN 1.5701 (12NiCr3-2) Nickel-Chromium Steel

EN 1.5701 steel is an alloy steel formulated for primary forming into wrought products. 1.5701 is the EN numeric designation for this material. 12NiCr3-2 is the EN chemical designation.

It has a moderately low embodied energy among EN wrought alloy steels. In addition, it has a moderately high density and a moderately low electrical conductivity.

The properties of EN 1.5701 steel include four common variations. This page shows summary ranges across all of them. For more specific values, follow the links immediately below. The graph bars on the material properties cards further below compare EN 1.5701 steel to: EN wrought alloy 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

130 to 160

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

190 GPa 27 x 106 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.29

Shear Modulus

73 GPa 11 x 106 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

430 to 1300 MPa 62 to 190 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

250 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

410 °C 780 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1460 °C 2660 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1420 °C 2590 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

470 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

45 W/m-K 26 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

13 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

7.2 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

8.3 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

2.4 % relative

Density

7.9 g/cm3 490 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

1.5 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

19 MJ/kg 8.4 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

49 L/kg 5.9 gal/lb

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

13 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

24 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

15 to 46 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

16 to 34 points

Thermal Diffusivity

12 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

13 to 38 points

Alloy Composition

Among alloy steels, the composition of EN 1.5701 steel is notable for including copper (Cu) and nickel (Ni). Copper is used to improve corrosion resistance, and to add at least some degree of precipitation hardenability. Nickel is used to improve mechanical properties, and to make the alloy easier to heat treat.

Iron (Fe) 97.2 to 98.7
Nickel (Ni) 0.5 to 0.8
Chromium (Cr) 0.4 to 0.7
Manganese (Mn) 0.3 to 0.6
Silicon (Si) 0 to 0.3
Copper (Cu) 0 to 0.25
Carbon (C) 0.090 to 0.15
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.025
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.025

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

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

EN 10263-3: Steel rod, bars and wire for cold heading and cold extrusion - Part 3: Technical delivery conditions for case hardening steels

Manufacture and Uses of Alloy Steels, Henry D. Hibbard, 2005

Ferrous Materials: Steel and Cast Iron, Hans Berns and Werner Theisen, 2008

Steels: Processing, Structure, and Performance, 2nd ed., George Krauss, 2015