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Practical Failure Analysis

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 47–50 | Cite as

Structural instability of cold worked alloy 304 in 650 °C service

  • H. Krafft
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Abstract

A heavily worked 304 stainless steel wire basket recrystallized and distorted while in service at 650 °C (1200 °F). This case study demonstrates that heavily cold worked austenitic stainless steel components can experience large losses in creep strength, and potentially structural collapse, under elevated temperature service, even at temperatures more than 300 °C (540 °F) below the normal solution annealing temperature. The creep strength of the recrystallized 304/304L steel was more than 1000 times less than that achievable with solution annealed 304H. These observations are consistent with limitations (2000 Addendum to ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code) on the use of cold worked austenitic stainless steels for elevated temperature service.

Keywords

alloy 304L 304 and 304H stainless steel annealing cold work creep strength 

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© ASM International - The Materials Information Society 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Krafft
    • 1
  1. 1.Bechtel Corp.Frederick

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