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UNS N08926 (Alloy 926) Stainless Steel

N08926 stainless steel is a superaustenitic (highly alloyed) stainless steel formulated for primary forming into wrought products. Cited properties are appropriate for the annealed condition. N08926 is the UNS number for this material. Alloy 926 is the common industry name.

This material is well established: the Further Reading section below cites a number of published standards, and that list is not necessarily exhaustive.

It has a moderately high tensile strength among the wrought superaustenitic stainless steels in the database.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare N08926 stainless steel to: wrought superaustenitic 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

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

200 GPa 30 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

40 %

Fatigue Strength

290 MPa 41 x 103 psi

Poisson's Ratio


Shear Modulus

80 GPa 12 x 106 psi

Shear Strength

500 MPa 73 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

740 MPa 110 x 103 psi

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

330 MPa 48 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

300 J/g

Maximum Temperature: Corrosion

420 °C 800 °F

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

1100 °C 2010 °F

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

1460 °C 2660 °F

Melting Onset (Solidus)

1410 °C 2570 °F

Specific Heat Capacity

460 J/kg-K 0.11 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

12 W/m-K 6.9 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

16 µm/m-K

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

1.7 % IACS

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

1.9 % IACS

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

33 % relative


8.1 g/cm3 510 lb/ft3

Embodied Carbon

6.2 kg CO2/kg material

Embodied Energy

84 MJ/kg 36 x 103 BTU/lb

Embodied Water

200 L/kg 24 gal/lb

Common Calculations

PREN (Pitting Resistance)


Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

240 MJ/m3

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

270 kJ/m3

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

14 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

24 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

25 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

22 points

Thermal Diffusivity

3.2 mm2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

16 points

Alloy Composition

Among wrought stainless steels, the composition of N08926 stainless steel is notable for containing a comparatively high amount of nickel (Ni) and including copper (Cu). Nickel is primarily used to achieve a specific microstructure. In addition, it has a beneficial effect on mechanical properties and certain types of corrosion. Copper is used to improve resistance to acids, and to improve formability.

Iron (Fe) 41.7 to 50.4
Nickel (Ni) 24 to 26
Chromium (Cr) 19 to 21
Molybdenum (Mo) 6.0 to 7.0
Manganese (Mn) 0 to 2.0
Copper (Cu) 0.5 to 1.5
Silicon (Si) 0 to 0.5
Nitrogen (N) 0.15 to 0.25
Phosphorus (P) 0 to 0.030
Carbon (C) 0 to 0.020
Sulfur (S) 0 to 0.010

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

Followup Questions

Similar Alloys

Further Reading

ASTM B804: Standard Specification for UNS N08367 and UNS N08926 Welded Pipe

ASTM B673: Standard Specification for UNS N08904, UNS N08925, and UNS N08926 Welded Pipe

ASTM B674: Standard Specification for UNS N08904, UNS N08925, and UNS N08926 Welded Tube

ASTM B677: Standard Specification for UNS N08904, UNS N08925, and UNS N08926 Seamless Pipe and Tube

ASTM B649: Standard Specification for Ni-Fe-Cr-Mo-Cu Low-Carbon Alloy (UNS N08904), Ni-Fe-Cr-Mo-Cu-N Low-Carbon Alloys (UNS N08925, UNS N08031, and UNS N08926), and Cr-Ni-Fe-N Low-Carbon Alloy (UNS R20033) Bar and Wire

Nickel Alloys, Ulrich Heubner (editor), 1998

ASTM A240: Standard Specification for Chromium and Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip for Pressure Vessels and for General Applications

Welding Metallurgy of Stainless Steels, Erich Folkhard et al., 2012

ASTM A959: Standard Guide for Specifying Harmonized Standard Grade Compositions for Wrought Stainless Steels

Corrosion of Austenitic Stainless Steels: Mechanism, Mitigation and Monitoring, H. S. Khatak and B. Raj (editors), 2002