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Grade FDCrV Spring Steel

Grade FDCrV steel is an alloy steel formulated for primary forming into wrought products. Cited properties are appropriate for the hardened (H) condition.

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

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare grade FDCrV 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

540

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

190 GPa 27 x 106 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.29

Reduction in Area

42 %

Shear Modulus

80 GPa 12 x 106 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

1800 MPa 260 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

250 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

410 °C 770 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1450 °C 2650 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1410 °C 2580 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

470 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

48 W/m-K 28 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

13 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

7.1 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

8.2 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

2.1 % relative

Density

7.8 g/cm3 490 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

1.9 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

26 MJ/kg 11 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

64 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

42 points

Thermal Diffusivity

13 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

53 points

Alloy Composition

Among alloy steels, the composition of grade FDCrV steel is notable for including vanadium (V) and copper (Cu). Vanadium has a strong hardening effect, but this effect is particularly sensitive to the type of tempering. Copper is used to improve corrosion resistance, and to add at least some degree of precipitation hardenability.

Iron (Fe) 97.8 to 98.8
Manganese (Mn) 0.5 to 0.9
Carbon (C) 0.62 to 0.72
Chromium (Cr) 0.4 to 0.6
Silicon (Si) 0.15 to 0.3
Vanadium (V) 0.15 to 0.25
Copper (Cu) 0 to 0.12
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.030
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 10270-2: Steel wire for mechanical spring - Part 2: Oil hardened and tempered spring steel wire

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

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