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SAE-AISI 1536 (formerly 1036, G15360) Carbon Steel

SAE-AISI 1536 steel is a resulfurized carbon steel formulated for primary forming into wrought products. 1536 is the designation in both the SAE and AISI systems for this material. G15360 is the UNS number. Older literature may refer to this material as AISI 1036, but this is now discouraged.

The properties of SAE-AISI 1536 steel include two common variations. This page shows summary ranges across both of them. For more specific values, follow the links immediately below. The graph bars on the material properties cards further below compare SAE-AISI 1536 steel to: wrought resulfurized carbon 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 to 200

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

190 GPa 27 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

14 to 18 %

Fatigue Strength

240 to 380 MPa 35 to 55 x 103 psi

Poisson's Ratio

0.29

Reduction in Area

39 to 46 %

Shear Modulus

73 GPa 11 x 106 psi

Shear Strength

400 to 440 MPa 57 to 63 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

640 to 720 MPa 93 to 100 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

360 to 600 MPa 52 to 86 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

250 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

400 °C 750 °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

51 W/m-K 30 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

12 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

7.1 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

8.1 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

1.8 % relative

Density

7.8 g/cm3 490 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

1.4 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

19 MJ/kg 8.0 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

47 L/kg 5.6 gal/lb

Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

93 to 98 MJ/m3

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

340 to 950 kJ/m3

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

13 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

24 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

23 to 25 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

21 to 23 points

Thermal Diffusivity

14 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

20 to 23 points

Alloy Composition

Iron (Fe) 98 to 98.5
Manganese (Mn) 1.2 to 1.5
Carbon (C) 0.3 to 0.37
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.050
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.040

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

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

ASTM A29: Standard Specification for Steel Bars, Carbon and Alloy, Hot-Wrought, General Requirements for

Carbon Steel Handbook, D. Gandy, 2007

ASM Specialty Handbook: Carbon and Alloy Steels, J. R. Davis (editor), 1996

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

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