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SUS 309/309S (UNS S30900/S30908) austenitic stainless steel is typically used for elevated temperature applications. Its high chromium and nickel content provides comparable corrosion resistance, superior resistance to oxidation, and the retention of a larger fraction of room temperature strength than the common austenitic Alloy 304.


Specification Sheet Overview

Alloy 309/309S/309H (UNS S30900, S30908, S30909) W. Nr. 1.4833:


Chemical Composition

Element Content (%)
Iron, Fe 60
Chromium, Cr 23
Nickel, Ni 14
Manganese, Mn 2
Silicon, Si 1
Carbon, C 0.20
Phosphorous, P 0.045
Sulfur, S 0.030



Properties Metric Imperial
Tensile strength 620 MPa 89900 psi
Yield strength (@ strain 0.200%) 310 MPa 45000 psi
Izod impact 120 – 165 J 88.5 – 122 ft-lb
Shear modulus (typical for steel) 77 GPa 11200 ksi
Elastic modulus 200 GPa 29008 ksi
Poisson’s ratio 0.27-0.30 0.27-0.30
Elongation at break (in 50 mm) 45% 45%
Hardness, Brinell 147 147
Hardness, Rockwell B 85 85
Hardness, Vickers (converted from Rockwell B hardness) 169 169




General Properties

Alloy 309 (UNS S30900) is an austenitic stainless steel developed for use in high temperature corrosion resistance applications. The alloy resists oxidation up to 1900°F (1038°C) under non-cyclic conditions. Frequent thermal cycling reduces oxidation resistance to approximately 1850°F (1010°C).

Because of its high chromium and low nickel content, SUS 309 can be utilized in sulfur containing atmospheres up to 1832°F (1000°C). The alloy is not recommended for use in highly carburizing atmospheres since it exhibits only moderate resistance to carbon absorption. Alloy 309 can be utilized in slightly oxidizing, nitriding, cementing and thermal cycling applications, albeit, the maximum service temperature must be reduced.

When heated between 1202 – 1742°F (650 – 950°C) the alloy is subject to sigma phase precipitation. A solution annealing treatment at 2012 – 2102°F (1100 – 1150°C) will restore a degree of toughness.

SUS309S (UNS S30908) is the low carbon version of the alloy. It is utilized for ease of fabrication. SUS309H (UNS S30909) is a high carbon modification developed for enhanced creep resistance. It most instances the grain size and carbon content of the plate can meet both the 309S and 309H requirements.

Corrosion Resistance SUS309

SUS 309 is not designed for service in wet corrosive environments. The high carbon content, which is present to enhance creep properties, has a detrimental effect on aqueous corrosion resistance. The alloy is prone to intergranular corrosion after long term exposure at high temperatures. However, due to its high chromium content (23%), Alloy 309 is more corrosion resistant than most heat resistant alloys.

Alloy 309 resists high temperature corrosion in most in-service conditions. Operating temperatures are as follows:

Oxidizing conditions (max. sulfur content – 2 g/m3)
1922°F (1050°C) continuous service
2012°F (1100°C) peak temperature

Oxidizing conditions (max. sulfur greater than 2 g/m3)
1742°F (950°C) maximum temperature

Low oxygen atmosphere (max. sulfur content – 2 g/m3)
1832°F (1000°C) maximum temperature

Nitriding or carburizing atmospheres
1562 –1742°F (850 – 950°C) maximum

The alloy does not perform as well as Alloy 600 (UNS N06600) or Alloy 800 (UNS N08800) in reducing, nitriding or carburizing atmospheres, but it does outperform most heat resistant stainless steels in these conditions.

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