Difference Between Inconel and Stainless Steel 316

Inconel

Inconel® is a registered trademark (of Special Metals Corporation) referring to a family of austenitic nickel-chromium super alloys. Inconel® is a material that is specifically optimized for some of the toughest use conditions to be found in manufacturing while Titanium is a chemical element with symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density, and high strength.

Inconel Material Specification

  • Inconel 600
    Solid solution strengthened.
  • Inconel 601
  • Inconel 625
    Acid resistant, good weldability. The LCF version is typically used in bellows. Ideal for hardware and components in the power, aerospace and chemical processing industries. Offered in sheet, plate, bar and forgings.
  • Inconel 718
    Gamma double prime strengthened with good weldability. The preferred material for cryogenic storage tanks, turbines, downhole shafts and wellhead parts offered in sheet, plate and bar.
  • Inconel X750
    Commonly used for gas turbine components, including blades, seals and rotors.
  • Inconel 907
  • Inconel 909
  • Inconel 706
  • Inconel 617
  • Inconel 751
    Increased aluminium content for improved rupture strength in the 1600 °F range.
  • Inconel 792
    Increased aluminium content for improved high temperature corrosion properties, used especially in gas turbines.
  • Inconel 939
    Gamma prime strengthened to increase weldability.
  • Inconel 188
    Readily fabricated for commercial gas turbine and aerospace applications. Offered in sheet, plate and bar.
  • Inconel 690
    Low cobalt content for nuclear applications, and low resistivity.
  • Inconel 713C
    Precipitation hardenable nickel-chromium base cast alloy.
  • Inconel 230
    Inconel 230 Plate & Sheet mainly used by the power, aerospace, chemical processing and industrial heating industries, Aerospace Materials.

Inconel Composition

Inconel Element (% by mass)
Ni Cr Fe Mo Nb Co Mn Cu Al Ti Si C S P B
600 72.0 14.0–17.0 6.0–10.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.15 0.015
617 44.2–56.0 20.0–24.0 3.0 8.0–10.0 10.0–15.0 0.5 0.5 0.8–1.5 0.6 0.5 0.15 0.015 0.015 0.006
625 58.0 20.0–23.0 5.0 8.0–10.0 3.15–4.15 1.0 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.015 0.015
690 59.5 30 9.2 0.35 0.01 0.02 0.35 0.019 0.003
718 50.0–55.0 17.0–21.0 balance 2.8–3.3 4.75–5.5 1.0 0.35 0.2–0.8 0.65–1.15 0.3 0.35 0.08 0.015 0.015 0.006
X-750 70.0 14.0–17.0 5.0–9.0 0.7–1.2 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.4–1.0 2.25–2.75 0.5 0.08 0.01

Inconel alloys

Alloys of inconel include:

  • Inconel 600: Solid solution strengthened
  • Inconel 601
  • Inconel 625: Acid resistant, good weldability. The LCF version is typically used in bellows.
  • Inconel 690: Low cobalt content for nuclear applications, and low resistivity
  • Inconel 713C: Precipitation hardenable nickel-chromium base cast alloy
  • Inconel 718: Gamma double prime strengthened with good weldability
  • Inconel 751: Increased aluminium content for improved rupture strength in the 1600 °F range
  • Inconel 792: Increased aluminium content for improved high temperature corrosion properties, used especially in gas turbines
  • Inconel 939: Gamma prime strengthened to increase weldability

Inconel Equivalent Grades

STANDARD WERKSTOFF NR. UNS GOST AFNOR JIS BS EN OR
Inconel 600 2.4816 N06600 МНЖМц 28-2,5-1,5 NC15FE11M NCF 600 NA 13 NiCr15Fe ЭИ868
Inconel 601 2.4851 N06601 XH60BT NC23FeA NCF 601 NA 49 NiCr23Fe ЭИ868
Inconel 617 2.4663 N06617
Inconel 625 2.4856 N06625 ХН75МБТЮ NC22DNB4M NCF 625 NA 21 NiCr22Mo9Nb ЭИ602
Inconel 690 2.4642 N06690
Inconel 718 2.4668 N07718
Inconel 725 - N07725
Inconel X-750 2.4669 N07750

Inconel Melting Point, Density and Tensile Strength

Density Melting Point Tensile Strength Yield Strength (0.2%Offset) Elongation
600 8.47 g/cm3 1413 °C (2580 °F) Psi – 95,000 , MPa – 655 Psi – 45,000 , MPa – 310 40 %
601 8.1 g/cm3 1411 °C (2571 °F) Psi – 80,000 , MPa – 550 Psi – 30,000 , MPa – 205 30 %
617 8.3g/cm³ 1363°C ≥ 485 MPa ≥ 275 MPa 25 %
625 8.4 g/cm3 1350 °C (2460 °F) Psi – 135,000 , MPa – 930 Psi – 75,000 , MPa – 517 42.5 %
690 8.3g/cm³ 1363°C ≥ 485 MPa ≥ 275 MPa 25 %
718 8.2 g/cm3 1350 °C (2460 °F) Psi – 135,000 , MPa – 930 Psi – 70,000 , MPa – 482 45 %
725 8.31 g/cm3 1271°C-1343 °C 1137 MPa 827 MPa 20 %
X-750 8.28 g/cm3 1430°C 1267 MPa 868 MPa 25 %

Stainless Steel 316

316 Stainless Steel Chemical Composition

Grade C Mn Si P S Cr Mo Ni N
316 min. 16.0 2.0-3.0 10.0
max. 0.035 2.0 0.75 0.045 0.030 18.0 14.0

Stainless Steel 316 Mechanical Properties

Grade Tensile Strength (MPa) min Yield Strength 0.2% Proof (MPa) min Elongation (% in 50mm) min Hardness
Rockwell B (HR B) max Brinell (HB) max
316 515 205 40 95 217

Stainless Steel 316 Physical Properties

Grade Density (kg/m3) Elastic Modulus (GPa) Mean Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (m/m/0C) Thermal Conductivity (W/m.K) Specific Heat 0-1000C (J/kg.K) Electrical Resistivity (n.m)
0-1000C 0-3150C 0-5380C at 1000C at 5000C
316 7750 200 15.9 16.2 17.0 14.2 18.7 500 720

Stainless Steel 316 Equivalent

Equivalent Grades for 316 Stainless Steel

STANDARD WERKSTOFF NR. UNS JIS BS GOST AFNOR EN
SS 316 1.4401 / 1.4436 S31600 SUS 316 316S31 / 316S33 Z7CND17‐11‐02 X5CrNiMo17-12-2 / X3CrNiMo17-13-3

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