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Ferritic Ferrite Stainless Steel Tubes

Austenitic | Martensitic | Ferritic | Duplex | Super Duplex | Superaustenitic | Superferritic | Precipitation Hardening
These steel are, in principle, ferrite at all temperatures. This is achieved by a low content of austenitic forming elements, mainly nickel, and a high content of ferrite forming elements, mainly chromium. Ferritic types, such as 4003 and 4016, are mainly used for household utensils, catering equipment and other purposes where corrosion conditions are not particularly demanding.

Steel with high chromium content, such as 4762 with 24% chromium, are used at high temperature where their resistance to sulphurous flue gages is an advantage. However, the risk of 475 °C embrittlement and precipitation of brittle sigma phase in high-chromium steel must always be taken into consideration. Ferritic stainless steel, such as 4521 with extremely low carbon and nitrogen contents, find greatest use where there is a risk of stress-corrosion cracking.

Ferritic stainless steel have slightly higher yield strength (Rp 0.2) than austenitic steels, but they have less elongation at fracture. Another characteristic that distinguishes ferritic steel from austenitic material is that ferritic steel have much lower strain hardening.

Ferritic grades have been developed to provide a group of stainless steel to resist corrosion and oxidation, while being highly resistant to stress corrosion cracking. These steels are magnetic but cannot be hardened or strengthened by heat treatment. They can be cold worked and softened by annealing. As a group, they are more corrosive resistant than the martensitic grades, but generally inferior to the austenitic grades. Like martensitic grades, these are straight chromium steels with no nickel. They are used for decorative trim, sinks, and automotive applications, particularly exhaust systems.

Mainly Standard include:

ASTM A268 Standard Specification for Seamless and Welded Ferritic and Martensitic Stainless Steel Tubing for General Service
JIS G3463 Stainless Steel for Boiler and Heat Exchanger Tubes
GB/T 30065 Welded ferritic stainless steel tubes for feedwater heater
GB/T 30066 Welded ferritic stainless steel tubes for heat-exchanger and condenser

Type 430

The basic ferritic grade, with a little less corrosion resistance than Type 304. This type combines high resistance to such corrosives as nitric acid, sulfur gases, and many organic and food acids.

Type 405

Has lower chromium and added aluminum to prevent hardening when cooled from high temperatures. Typical applications include heat exchangers.

Type 409

Contains the lowest chromium content of all stainless steels and is also the least expensive. Originally designed for muffler stock and also used for exterior parts in non-critical corrosive environments.

Type 434

Has molybdenum added for improved corrosion resistance. Typical applications include automotive trim and fasteners.

Type 436

Type 436 has columbium added for corrosion and heat resistance. Typical applications include deep-drawn parts.

Type 442

Has increased chromium to improve scaling resistance. Typical applications include furnace and heater parts.

Type 446

Contains even more chromium added to further improve corrosion and scaling resistance at high temperatures. Especially good for oxidation resistance in sulfuric atmospheres.

Ferritic Stainless Steel, which are part of the 400 series of stainless alloys, have chromium as their major alloying element and are typically low in carbon content. Ductility and formability are less than that of the austenitic grades. The corrosion resistance is comparable to that of the austenitic grades in certain applications. Thermal conductivity is about half that of carbon steels. Ferritic stainless steel are magnetic, they generally have good ductility and can be welded or fabricated without difficulty. These grades can be processed to develop an aesthetically pleasing, bright finish and, hence, are sometimes used for automotive trim and appliance molding. They also find use in functional applications where cost is a major factor, e.g., automotive exhaust systems, catalytic converters, radiator caps, and chimney liners. These grades can be hardened by cold rolling, but cannot be hardened as much as the austenitic alloys.

Stainless Steel - Ferritic
(UNS Designation)
End Use Composition
nominal wt%
Specifications Density
lb/in3 (g/cm3)
ksi. (MPa)
0.2% Yield
ksi. (MPa)
ation %
AL 18CrCb
Exhaust system components C 0.03 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 17.5-19.5, Ni 1.0 max, Ti 0.10-0.50, Cb (0.3+(9/C))min-0.9 max, N 0.03 max, Fe Balance 0.278
(415 min)
38 min
(260 min)
25 min 88 Rockwell B max

ATI 409 HP
S40900, S40910/S40920/S40930
Exhaust systems, mufflers, manifolds, exhaust pipes, catalytic converters, tail pipes, thermostats fuel filters, culverts, home heating systems, electrical transformer cases, caskets, heat exchanger tubing, farm equipment, blades, vanes in standby power generation turbines and jet engine sound-deadening devices at airports C 0.03 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.02 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 10.5-11.7, Ni 0.5, N 0.03, Ti 0.05 min, (Ti+Cb) [0.08+8x(C+N)] min-0.75 max, Fe Balance ASTM A 176 ASTM A240/A240M ASME SA-240/SA-240M 0.280
55 min
(380 min)
25 min
(170 min)
20 min 88 Rockwell B max

AL 409 Cb
Exhaust components C 0.03 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.045 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 12.0-13.0, Ni 0.5 max, N 0.03 max, Cb 9x(C+N) min-0.60 max. ASTM A240 0.280
55 min
(380 min)
30 min
(205 min)
22 min 80 Rockwell B max

AL 410S
Tower packing, distillation trays, automotive exhaust components, and other high-temperature applications C 0.08 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 11.5-13.5, Ni 0.6 max, Fe Balance ASTM A240 ASTM A176 0.280
60 min
(415 min)
30 min
(205 min)
22 min 89 Rockwell B max

AL 412
Rail cars, coal handling equipment, sugar processing equipment, mining equipment, storage bins and hoppers, bus frames C 0.03 max, Mn 1.5 max, Si 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Cr 10.5-12.5, Ni 1.5 max, Fe Balance ASTM A240 0.280
66 min
(455 min)
40 min
(275 min)
18 min 20 Rockwell C max

Interior and exterior trim applications such as sinks, sink rims, appliance trim, counter tops, dish washers, range hoods, flatware, roofing, siding and restaurant equipment C 0.12 max, Mn 1.0 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 16.0-18.0, Ni 0.75 max, Fe Balance ASTM A240 0.278
65 min
(450 min)
30 min
(205 min)
22 min 89 Rockwell B max

AL 430 Ti
Welded tubing. C 0.10 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 16-19.5, Ni 0.75 max, Ti (5xC) min-0.75 max, Fe balance ASTM A268 A554 0.280
60 min
(415 min)
35 min
(240 min)
20 min 90 Rockwell B max

AL 433

Exhaust components C 0.01, Mn 0.3, P 0.02, S 0.001, Si 0.4, Cr 20.0, Ni 0.25, Cu 0.5, N 0.02, Cb 0.54 (0.8 max) Cb/(C+N)>10, Fe Balance 0.280
31 79 Rockwell B

AL 436S

Exhaust systems C 0.01, Mn 0.2, P 0.02, S 0.001, Si 0.37, Cr 17.3, Ni 0.3, Mo 1.2, N 0.015, Ti/(C+N)>8 0.280
30.5 77 Rockwell B

439/ATI 439 HP
Automotive exhaust, manifolds and mufflers; residential funace primary heat exchangers; direct-fired hot water tanks; heat exchanger tubing C 0.03 max, Mn 1.0 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 17.0-19.0, Ni 0.5 max, N 0.03 max, Al 0.15 max, Ti [0.2+4(C+N)] min-1.10 max Pipe & Tubing: ASTM A268 ASME SA268 ASTM A803 Flat Rolled Products: ASTM A240 ASME SA240 Bar Products: ASTM A479 ASME SA479 0.278
60 min
(415 min)
30 min
(205 min)
22 min 89 Rockwell B max

AL 441HP
Exhaust Components C 0.03 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 17.5-19.5, Ni 1.0 max, Ti 0.1-0.5, Cb 0.3+(9xC) min-0.9 max, Fe Balance 0.278
31 82 Rockwell B

AL 444
Heat exchanger tubing, food processing equipment, hot water tanks, automotive exhaust C 0.025 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 17.5-19.5, Ni 1.0 max, Mo 1.75-2.5, N 0.035 max, (Ti+Cb) [0.2+4(C+N)] min-0.8 max, Fe Balance ASTM A240, A 268, A276 ASME SA 240, SA 268 0.280
60 min
(415 min)
40 min
(275 min)
20 min 96 Rockwell B max

AL 453

Elevated temperature applications such as planar solid oxide fuel cells C 0.03, Mn 0.3, P 0.02, S 0.03 max, Si 0.3, Cr 22.0, Ni 0.3, Al 0.6, Ti 0.02, (Ce+La) 0.1 max, Fe Balance 0.275
35 78 Rockwell B

AL 468
Automotive exhaust, residential furnace primary heat exchangers C 0.03 max, Mn 1.0 max, P 0.04 max, S 0.03 max, Si 1.0 max, Cr 18.0-20.0, Ni 0.5 max, N 0.03 max, Ti 0.07-0.3, Cb 0.10-0.60, (Ti+Cb) [0.2+4(C+N)] min-0.8 max ASTM A240 0,278
60 min
(415 min)
30 min
(205 min)
22 min 90 Rockwell B max

Grid resistors for mine locomotives, Crane starters, Braking resistors for railroad diesel locomotives C 0.025, Mn 0.35, Si 0.3, Cr 13.0, Al 3.0, Ti 0.3, Fe Balance 0.270
28 88 Rockwell B

Grid resistors for mine locomotives, Crane starters and Braking resistors for railroad diesel locomotives C 0.025, Mn 0.35, Si 0.3, Cr 13.0, Al 3.95, Ti 0.3, Fe Balance 0.267
23 88 Rockwell B

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Related References:
1. Superferritic Stainless Steel
2. Ferritic Ferrite Stainless Steel
3. Ferritic Stainless Steel Grades Comparison Table
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