Alloy N60 - UNS S21800

Alloy N60, UNS S21800, is commonly associated with ASTM A240 - ASTM A276 - ASTM A479 - AMS 5848.
Alloy N60 is commonly known as Nitronic® 60, alloy 218, alloy 60, and our HPA N60. Not to be confused with Aquamet (UNS S20161 & S20162) nor Gall-Tough (same UNS) though they are S20000 series alloys. Alloy N60 is a Nitrogen strengthened Stainless Steel alloy that HPA commonly produces in its high strength variant.
Mechanical properties here.


C Mn P S Si Cr Ni Mo Cu N Ti Al B Nb Sn V W
Max % 0.08 8.5 0.04 0.03 4.2 17 8.5 0.75 0.75 0.18 0.05 0.02 0.0015 0.1 0.05 0.2 0.15
Min % 0.06 7.5 3.7 16 8.0 0.10

Typical Inventory

Round Bar, Flat Bar, Hex Bar, Square Bar, Wire Spool, Tig Wire, LooseCoil, Wire Reel, Plate, Strip, Coil, Hot Band, Tubing, Fastener, Machined, Forge, Billet, Rcs

Product Description

N60 is a nitrogen-strengthened stainless steel that provides a significantly lower cost way to fight wear and galling when compared with cobalt-bearing and high nickel alloys. Its uniform corrosion resistance is better than Type 304 in most media. Chloride pitting resistance is superior to Type 316. Room temperature yield strength is nearly twice that of Types 304 and 316. In addition, N60 stainless steel provides excellent high-temperature oxidation resistance and low-temperature impact resistance. N60 is truly an all purpose metal. This fully austenitic alloy was originally designed as a temperature alloy, and subsequently has good high temperature properties for temperatures around 1800ºF. The oxidation resistance of N60 is similar to Type 309 S.S., and far superior to Type 304S.S. This grade is best known for its wear and galling resistance.

The additions of Silicon and Manganese have given this alloy a matrix to inhibit wear, galling, and fretting even in the annealed condition. Higher strengths are attainable through cold working the material and is still fully austenitic after severe cold-working. This working does not enhance the anti-galling properties as is normal for carbon steels and some stainless steels. The benefit to the cold or hot work put into the material is added strength and hardness, and the wear resistance does not decrease noticeably. Chromium and Nickel additions give it comparable corrosion to 304 and 316 stainless steels, while having approximately twice the yield strength. The high mechanical strength in annealed parts permits use of reduced cross sections for weight and cost reductions through the use of thinner stock.

If your galling problem occurs at less than 1500ºF, then you should think about switching to this alloy. N60 has a better cost advantage than any other alloys available. Other materials require an additional amount of heat treating to raise their hardness, where N60 is excellent in the annealed condition.

General Data

  • Fights galling and wear stronger than 304 / 316 SS.
  • Outstanding galling resistance at both ambient and elevated temperatures.
  • A very strong option for valve stems, seats, trim, fastening systems including nuts and bolts, screening, chain-driven systems, pins, bushings and roller bearings, and pump components such as wear rings and lobes.
  • Most effective wear and galling resistant alloy for bridge pins and other critical construction applications.


  • Automotive valves - can withstand gas temperatures of up to 1500°F for a minimum of 50,000 miles.
  • Fastener galling - capable of frequent assembly and disassembly, allowing more use of the fastener before the threads are torn up, also helps to eliminate corroded or 'frozen' fasteners.
  • Pins - Used in roller prosthetics & chains to ensure a better fit of parts (closer tolerance, non-lubricated) and longer lasting.
  • Marine shafts - better corrosion than types 304 and 316 with double the yield strength.
  • Pin and hanger expansion joints for bridges - better corrosion, galling-resistance, low temperature toughness, & high charpy values at sub-zero temps compared to the A36 and A588 carbon steels commonly used.

Common Specifications

Please, note that the specs listed are for reference and are not comprehensive nor indicative of the actual specifications listed on the Material Test Report (MTR). If you have a special spec requirement, then please reach out to our sales department at 1-800-472-5569.

Form Standard
Metal Type
Bar ASTM A276, AMS 5848
Cold Worked Bar
Wire ASTM A580
Sheet ASTM A240
Plate ASTM A240
Strip ASTM A240
Pipe AMS 5848
Tube AMS 5848
Welding Tube
Forging ASTM A314, AMS 5848
Weld Wire
Billet ASTM A314

Mechanical Properties

The typical properties listed can usually be provided in rounds, sheet, strip, plate, & custom forgings. We have the equipment to produce small quantities in special sizes to meet our customers’ specific needs.

Size in. (mm) Condition) Ultimate Tensile ksi (MPa) Yield Strength ksi (MPa) Elong. % in 2 in. Reduction of Area, % Hardness (Rockwell B)
1” (25.4 mm) Ø Annealed 103 (710) 60 (414) 64 74 95
1-3/4” (44.4 mm) Ø Annealed 101 (696) 56 (386) 62 73 100
2-1/4” (57.2 mm) Ø Annealed 101 (696) 60 (414) 60 76 100
3” (76.2 mm) Ø Annealed 106 (731) 65 (448) 55 67 97
4-1/8” (104.8 mm) Ø Annealed 106 (731) 56 (386) 57 67 95
AMS 5848 95 min. 50 min. 1/2” over Ø
AMS 5848 100 min. 55 min. under 1/2” Ø

* Data based on duplicate tests (1) CG ba

Galling Resistance

Galling is the tearing of metal surfaces which suddenly renders a component unserviceable. Galling is a major concern in two areas of application in particular – threaded assemblies and valve trim. A button and block galling test is commonly used to rank alloys for their galling tendencies. In the test procedure, a dead-lead weight is applied in a floor model Brinell Hardness Tester on two flat polished surfaces (10-20 microinches). The 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) diameter button is slowly rotated by hand 360 under the load and then examined for galling at a 7X magnification. If galling has not occurred, new specimens are tested at higher stresses until galling is observed. The threshold galling stress is selected as the stress midway between the highest nongalled stress and the stress where galling was first observed. Results are reproducible within +/- 2.5 ksi (18 MPa). However, this test should not be used for design purposes because of the many unknown variables in a particular application. The test has proven highly successful as a method of screening alloys for prototype service evaluation.

Elevated Temperature Galling Applications

N60 stainless steel has performed successfully in elevated temperature service for valve trim. Several austenitic stainless streels were evaluated as stems and bushings in an automotive emissions control butterfly valve. However, only N60 operated smoothly over the entire temperature range. The other alloys galled in the 800-1500 F (427-816 C) temperature range. Another application involved a 20-inch (508 mm) gate valve which opened and closed every 170 seconds at 750 F (399 C). N60 weld overlays on the seat and disk lasted 140 days without galling which would have quickly contaminated the process. A similar valve with Stellite 6B hard faced trim lasted only 90 days.

Wear Resistance

Data shown in figure 1 was developed under the following test conditions: Taber Met-Abrader machine, 0.500 inch (12.7 mm) crossed 90 degrees cylinders, no lubricant, 16 pound (71 N) load, 105 RPM (and 415 RPM where noted), room temperature, 120 grit surface finish, 10,000 cycles, degreased in acetone, duplicate tests, weight loss corrected for density differences.

Taber Met-Abrader Crossed Cylinder Wear Test
Taber Met-Abrader Crossed Cylinder Wear Test
Figure 1 - Effect of Hardness on the Wear of Heat Treatable Steels
N60 Effect of Hardness on the Wear of Heat Treatable Steels
Figure 2 - Effect on Load on the Wear of N60 and Stellite 6B
N60 Effect on Load on the Wear of N60 and Stellite 6B
Figure 3 - Effect of Speed on Wear
N60 Effect of Speed on Wear
Figure 4 - Effect of Distance on Wear Resistance of N60 Compared to Nickel and Cobalt Alloys
Effect of Distance on Wear Resistance of N60 Compared to Nickel and Cobalt Alloys
Figure 5 - Wear of Nitronic 60 and Stellite 31
N60 Wear of Nitronic 60 and Stellite 31

Elevated Temperature Wear

The elevated temperature wear resistance of N60 is excellent despite the alloy’s relatively low hardness when compared with cobalt and nickel-base wear alloys. To minimize wear, NITRONIC 60 relies on a thin adherent oxide file and a high strain-hardening capacity to support the film. N60 also performs well in metal-to-metal wear in nominally inert atmospheres.

Figure 6 - Effect of Temperature on Wear
N60 Effect of Temperature on Wear

Fretting Wear

Fretting wear is caused by high loads at very small slip amplitudes (40 µm), such as found in vibrating components. N60 exhibits fretting wear at 1112 F (600 C) similar to 718 which has been found to be one of the most fretting resistant alloys at this temperature.

Cavitation Erosion

Cavitation erosion resistance of N60 is superior to the austenitic stainless steels as well as high strength duplex (ferritic austenitic) stainless steels. It approaches the cobalt-base alloys which are considered among the most cavitation resistant alloys available.

N60 stainless steel has proven highly successful for wear rings in vertical centrifugal pumps. The combination of N60 and N50 stainless steel steels have replaced some cobalt wear alloys as they offer outstanding wear and corrosion protection. N60 stainless steel has also been cased up to 8550 lbs for water pump impellers where CA-6NM has proven inadequate. It is anticipated that the excellent galling resistance, cavitation erosion resistance, and good castability of N60 stainless steel will make it an ideal choice for turbine runners, especially with integral case wear rings.

Corrosion Resistance

The general corrosion resistance of N60 stainless steel falls between that of Types 304 and 316. However, experience shows that in a wear system, a galling or seizing failure occurs first. Followed by dimensional loss due to wear and finally corrosion. Galling and wear must be the first concerns of the design engineer. Although the general corrosion resistance of N60 is not quite as good as Type 316, it does offer better chloride pitting resistance, stress corrosion cracking resistance, and crevice corrosion resistance. Corrosion tests are not normally performed on N60 HS.

Figure 7 - Seawater Corrosion Resistance
Seawater Corrosion Resistance

Seawater Corrosion Resistance

When exposed for 6 months in quiet seawater at ambient temperature, N60 stainless steel exhibited far better crevice corrosion resistance than Type 304 and slightly better resistance than Type 316 stainless steels. These tests were run on duplicate specimens and all grades were exposed simultaneously.

High Strength (HS) Bar Properties

N60 stainless steel bars are also available in a high strength condition attained by special processing techniques. Because high strength is produced by mill processing, hot forging or welding operations cannot be performed on this material without loss of strength. Aqueous corrosion resistance may also be lessened to varying degrees, depending upon the environment.


NITRONIC 60 stainless steel is readily welded using conventional joining processes. Autogenous welds made using the Gas Tungsten-Arc process are sound, with wear characteristics approximating those of the unwelded base metal. Heavy weld deposits made using the Gas Metal-Arc process and the matching weld filler are also sound with tensile strengths slightly above those of the unwelded base metal. Wear properties are near yet slightly below those of the base metal.

The use of NITRONIC 60 stainless steel for weld overlay on most other stainless steels and certain carbon steels develops sound deposits having properties about equal to that of an all weld deposit.

The American Welding Society has included NITRONIC 60W bare wire in AWS A5.9 as ER 218 alloy.

Welding Guidelines

General Welding

NITRONIC 60 is an austenitic stainless steel and can be handled in the weld shop like AISI 304 and 316. No preheat or post-weld heat treatments are considered necessary other than the normal stress relief used in heavy fabrication. The nature of NITRONIC 60 applications suggests that most uses would occur in the as-welded condition except where corrosion resistance is a consideration.

Fillerless fusion welds (autogenous) have been made using the gas tungsten arc process. The STA welds are free from cracking and have galling and cavitation resistance similar to the unwelded base metal. Heavy weld deposits made using the gas metal arc process are sound and exhibit higher strength than the unwelded base metal. The metal-to-metal wear resistance of the GMA welds is slightly lower than the base metal heat resistance. Detailed test results of weld metal properties are listed in Table 5 of the NITRONIC 60 product data bulletin.

Although no first-hand dissimilar weld data is available from our Armco welding laboratories, past experience suggests that NITRONIC 60 can be welded to both AISI 316 and 400 series stainless steels with Type 309 welding wire. The usual handling procedure for welding 400 series alloys would probably dictate fabricating sequence in many cases, but most specific applications require individual fabrication plans.

Repair Welding of NITRONIC 60 Castings

A simulated repair weld has been completed on a 4”x 9”x 9” section of as-cast NITRONIC 60. The welded joint was prepared by manually air-carbon-arc gouging a “V” groove and then grinding to remove carbon deposits. Developmental AMAW electrodes were used under the following conditions:

Welding current 130-140 Amps
Welding Voltage 26-28
Travel Speed About 8-10”/min.
Preheat Temp. Room Temp
Interpass Temp. 300°F Max.
Post Weld Heat Treat None
Electrode Diameter 5/32”
Groove Depth 1 to 1.25”

After cooling to room temperature, the weldment was sectioned in several locations and dye penetrant inspected. No evidence of cracking was observed in any section.

N60 Weld Overlay of Wrought and Cast Steels

Bare wire, .062” diameter, is the most common size available for use with any filler added process that uses an inert gas shield like Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, Plasma Arc, Laser, etc. The Gas Metal Arc Process may be used in any one of three modes for overlay welding; spray arc, shorting arc, and pulse arc.

While the use of any inert gas shielded process is considered applicable for deposition, the metallurgical considerations pose a serious limitation. For example, the Gas Tungsten Arc Process with a cold wire feed is not recommended because of the inherent high base dilution effects that make it virtually impossible to get a sound overlay, even with sub layer practices. The hot wire version of the Gas Tungsten Arc Process may work if properly controlled. Very high arc current to hot wire current ratios would have to be used to get a low base dilution (should be 25% or less). The intergranular corrosion resistance of NITRONIC 60 as a weld overlay on AISI 304 appears satisfactory even in the as deposited condition.

Data Sheet

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