Sandvik SAF 31803™ is a duplex (austenitic-ferritic) stainless steel characterized by:
- High resistance to stress corrosion cracking in chloride-bearing environments
- High resistance to stress corrosion cracking in environments containing hydrogen sulphide
- High resistance to general corrosion, pitting, and crevice corrosion
- High resistance to erosion corrosion and corrosion fatigue
- High mechanical strength - roughly twice the proof strength of austenitic stainless steel
- Physical properties that offer design advantages
- Good weldability
Seamless and welded tube:
Seamless and welded pipe:
- ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section VIII, Div. 1 and Div. 2
- NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 (Petroleum and natural gas industries - Materials for use in H2S-containing Environments in oil and gas production - Part 1: General principles for selection of cracking-resistant materials Published:2003)
- ASME B31.3 Process Piping
Chemical composition (nominal)
Due to its excellent corrosion properties, Sandvik SAF 31803™ is a highly suitable material for service in environments containing chlorides and hydrogen sulphide. Sandvik SAF 31803™ is mainly available as heat exchanger tubing and is particularly suitable for heat exchangers where chloride-bearing water or brackish water is used as a cooling medium.
The high strength of Sandvik SAF 31803™ makes the material an attractive alternative to the austenitic steels in structures subjected to heavy loads.
The good mechanical and corrosion properties make Sandvik SAF 31803™ an economical choice in many applications by reducing the life cycle cost of equipment.
The pitting resistance of a steel is determined primarily by its chromium and molybdenum contents, but also by its nitrogen content and its slag composition and content. The manufacturing and fabrication practices, e.g. welding, are also of vital importance for actual performance in service.
A parameter for comparing the resistance of different steels to pitting, is the PRE number (Pitting Resistance Equivalent). The PRE is defined as, in weight-%: PRE = % Cr + 3.3 x % Mo + 16 x % N
The PRE number for Sandvik SAF 31803™ is compared with other materials in the following table:
|Alloy||% Cr||% Mo||%N||PRE|
|Sandvik SAF 2205 a)||22||3.2||0.18||>35|
|Sandvik SAF 31803||21.5||2.7||0.16||>31|
a) Sandvik SAF 2205™ has a chemical composition within UNS S32205, which is optimized within the UNS S31803 range in order to provide a high PRE value.
The ranking given by the PRE number has been confirmed in laboratory tests. This ranking can generally be used to predict the performance of an alloy in chloride containing environments. Because of the high Mo and N contents, the PRE number for Sandvik SAF 2205™ is significantly higher than what would be the case with lower Mo and N contents which are still within the limits of UNS S31803.
Nevertheless, based on practical experience, Sandvik SAF 31803™ can be used at considerably higher temperatures and chloride contents than ASTM 304 and ASTM 316 without pitting. Sandvik SAF 31803™ is, therefore, far more serviceable in chloride-bearing environments than standard austenitic steels.
Stress corrosion cracking
The standard austenitic steels ASTM 304L and ASTM 316L are prone to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in chloride-bearing solutions at temperatures above 60 °C (140 °F).
Duplex stainless steels are far less prone to this type of corrosion. Laboratory tests reveal good resistance to stress corrosion cracking of Sandvik SAF 31803™. Results from the tests are presented in Figure 3. The diagram indicates the temperature-chloride range within which Sandvik SAF 31803™ and the standard steels ASTM 304L and ASTM 316L have low susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking.
The starting force needed for bending is slightly higher for Sandvik SAF 31803™ than for standard austenitic grades (ASTM 304L and 316L). Sandvik SAF 31803™ can be cold-bent to 25% deformation without requiring subsequent heat treatment. For pressure vessel applications in Germany and the Nordic countries, heat treatment may be required after cold deformation in accordance with VdTÜV-Wb 418 and NGS 1606.
Under service conditions where the risk of stress corrosion cracking starts to increase, heat treatment is recommended even after moderate cold bending, for example, where the material temperature is nearly 150°C (300°F) in an oxygen-bearing, environment with around 100 ppm Cl-.
Heat treatment is carried out in the form of solution annealing (see under Heat treatment) or resistance annealing. Hot bending is carried out at 1100-950°C (2010-1740°F) and should be followed by solution annealing.
Compared with austenitic stainless steels, Sandvik SAF 31803™ has higher proof and a tensile strengths. This must be borne in mind when expanding tubes into tube-sheets. Normal expanding methods can be used, but the expansion requires higher initial force and should be undertaken in one operation.
Being a two-phase (austenitic-ferritic) material, Sandvik SAF 31803™ will present a different tool wear profile from that of single phase steels of types ASTM 304/304L and 316/316L. The cutting speed must, therefore, be lower than that recommended for ASTM 304/304L and 316/316L. Built-up edges and chipping are to be expected. It is recommended that a tougher insert grade is used than when machining austenitic stainless steel, e.g. ASTM 304L.
Forms of supply
Seamless tube and pipe- finishes and dimensions
Seamless tube and pipe in Sandvik SAF 31803™ is supplied in dimensions up to 260mm outside diameter. The delivery condition is solution annealed and either white pickled or bright annealed.
The following values apply to material in the solution annealed condition. Tube and pipe with wall thicknesses above 20 mm (0.787 in.) may have slightly lower values.
More detailed information can be supplied on request.
At 20 °C (68°F)
Tube and pipe with a wall thickness max. 20 mm (0.79 in.)
|Proof strength||Tensile strength||Elong.||Hardness|
|Proof strength||Tensile strength||Elong.||Hardness|
1 MPa = 1 N/mm2
a) Rp0.2 corresponds to 0.2% offset yield strength.
Sandvik SAF 31803™ possesses good impact strength both at room temperature and at low temperatures, as is evident from Figure 1. The values apply for standard Charpy-V specimens (10 x 10 mm, 0.39 x 0.39 in.).
The impact strength of welded Sandvik SAF 31803™ is also good, despite the impact strength values in the as-welded condition being slightly lower than for weld-free material. Tests demonstrate that the impact strength of material, welded by means of gas-shielded arc welding, is good in both the weld metal and the heat-affected zone down to -50°C (-58°F). At this temperature, the impact strength is a minimum of 27 J (20 ft lb). If very high impact strength demands are made on the weld metal at low temperatures, solution annealing is recommended. This restores the impact strength of the weld metal to the same level as that of the parent metal.
At high temperatures
If Sandvik SAF 31803™ is exposed to temperatures exceeding 280°C (540°F), for prolonged periods, the microstructure changes, which results in a reduction in impact strength. This does not necessarily affect the behavior of the material at the operating temperature. For example, heat exchanger tubes can be used at higher temperatures without any problems. Please contact Sandvik for more information. For pressure vessel applications, 280°C (540°F) is required as a maximum according to VdTÜV-Wb 418.
Tube and pipe with wall thickness max. 20 mm (0.79 in.)
According to ASME B31.3 the following design values are recommended for UNS S31803 (Sandvik SAF 31803™)
|Temperature, °F||°C||Stress ksi||MPa|
Density: 7.8 g/cm3, 0.28 lb/in3
|Temperature, °C||J/(kg °C)||Temperature, °F||Btu/(lb °F)|
|Sandvik SAF 31803||14||16||17||19||20|
|Btu/(ft h °F)|
|Sandvik SAF 31803||8||9||10||11||12|
Thermal expansion, mean values in temperature ranges (X10-6)
|Sandvik SAF 31803||13.0||13.5||14.0||14.5|
|Sandvik SAF 31803||7.0||7.5||8.0||8.0|
Sandvik SAF 31803™ has a far lower coefficient of thermal expansion than austenitic stainless steels and can therefore offer certain design advantages.
|Temperature, °C||μΩm||Temperature, °F||μΩin.|
|Temperature, °C||MPa||Temperature, °F||ksi|
1) ( x103 )
Tubes are normally delivered in the heat-treated condition. If additional heat treatment is needed due to further processing, the following is recommended.
1020 - 1100 °C (1870-2010 °F), rapid cooling in air or water.
The weldability of Sandvik SAF 31803™ is good. Welding must be carried out without preheating and subsequent heat treatment is normally not necessary. Suitable methods of fusion welding are manual metal-arc welding (MMA/SMAW) and gas-shielded arc welding, with the TIG/GTAW method as first choice.
For Sandvik SAF 31803™, heat input of 0.5-2.5 kJ/mm and interpass temperature of <150°C (300°F) are recommended.
Recommended filler metals
TIG/GTAW or MIG/GMAW welding
ISO 14343 S 22 9 3 N L / AWS A5.9 ER2209 (e.g. Exaton 22.8.3.L)
ISO 3581 E 22 9 3 N L R / AWS A5.4 E2209-17 (e.g. Exaton 22.9.3.LR)
ISO 3581 E 22 9 3 N L B / AWS A5.4 E2209-15 (e.g. Exaton 22.9.3.LB)
ISO 14343 S 22 9 3 N L / AWS A5.9 ER2209 (e.g. Exaton 22.8.3.L) wire or strip electrodes are recommended for overlay welding of tube sheets and high-pressure vessels in cases where corrosion resistance, equal to that of Sandvik SAF 31803™, is required.