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Approval Date: October 29, 1999

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Case 2029-3 TABLE 1

Austenitic Stainless Steel, 18Cr-20Ni-5.5Si, UNS CHEMICAL REQUIREMENTS
S32615 Construction Element Weight, %
Section VIII, Division 1
Carbon, max. 0.07
Manganese, max. 2.00
Phosphorus, max. 0.045
Inquiry: Under what conditions is it permissible in Sulfur, max. 0.030
welded construction conforming to the rules of Section Silicon 4.86.0
VIII, Division 1, to use UNS S32615 austenitic stainless Nickel 19.022.0
steel, seamless tubes, seamless pipe, plate, and bars, Chromium 16.519.5
Molybdenum 0.31.5
conforming to the chemical composition requirements Copper 1.52.5
of Table 1 and the mechanical property requirements
of Table 2, and otherwise conforming to the require-
ments of Specifications SA-213, SA-312, SA-240, and
SA-479 as applicable? TABLE 2
Reply: It is the opinion of the Committee that the Tensile strength, min., ksi 80
materials described in the Inquiry may be used in Yield strength, 0.2% offset, min., ksi 32
Section VIII, Division 1, construction provided the Elongation in 2 in., min., % 25
following additional requirements are met.
(a) The grain size of the material, determined in
accordance with ASTM Methods E 112, Plate II, shall TABLE 3
(b) The maximum nominal thickness of the weld
For Metal Temperature
shall be limited to 12 in.
Not Exceeding, F Stress Values, ksi [Note (1)]
(c) The rules in Section VIII, Division 1, Subsection
100 21.3
C, Part UHA, for austenitic stainless steel shall apply.
200 17.6, 21.3 [Note (2)]
(d) The maximum design metal temperature shall 300 16.5, 21.3 [Note (2)]
not exceed 400F. 400 15.4, 21.0 [Note (2)]
(e) The maximum allowable design stress values NOTES:
shall be those listed in Table 3. (1) The revised criterion of 3.5 on tensile strength was used in estab-
(f) For external pressure design, use Fig. HA-1 of lishing these values.
(2) Due to the relatively low yield strength of these materials, these
Section II, Part D. higher stress values were established at temperatures where the
(g) Separate welding procedure and performance short time tensile properties govern to permit the use of these
qualifications shall be conducted for the material in alloys where slightly greater deformation is acceptable. These
higher stress values exceed 67% but do not exceed 90% of the
accordance with Section IX. Welding shall be limited yield strength at temperature. Use of these stresses may result
to the GTAW and GMAW processes. in dimensional changes due to permanent strain. These stress
(h) This Case number shall be included in the material values are not recommended for the flanges of gasketed joints
or other applications where slight amounts of distortion can cause
identification and on the Data Report. leakage or malfunction.


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