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    Question for chemists or metal workers

    At what temperature will Stainless Steel start to warp, turn color, or have welds break?



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    Re: Question for chemists or metal workers

    Most of the stainless I've worked (300 or 400 series) with will permanently discolor around 600F, turning kind of a gold/bronze color. At higher temperatures it will turn blue. Warping and weld failure probably depends on part geometry and weld quality - we regularly use stainless steel for high pressure containment vessels up to 1200F.


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    Re: Question for chemists or metal workers

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    At what temperature will Stainless Steel start to warp, turn color, or have welds break?
    I would think it depends on the alloy. I think it's higher the mild steel and cast iron due to the rare earths. Need one of our MatE friends to speak up!

    I believe the ASM reference books on materials has this information. It used to be available online through the ISU library under reference section (if you're still a student you should have access). They pay good money for this, so you should definately take advantage.



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    Re: Question for chemists or metal workers

    Quote Originally Posted by isugcs View Post
    I would think it depends on the alloy. I think it's higher the mild steel and cast iron due to the rare earths. Need one of our MatE friends to speak up!

    I believe the ASM reference books on materials has this information. It used to be available online through the ISU library under reference section (if you're still a student you should have access). They pay good money for this, so you should definately take advantage.
    I graduated in in 2003, so no I don't have access.



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    Re: Question for chemists or metal workers

    What grade of stainless? What thickness? The nickel content, finish (brushed vs annealed), and thickness will all play into your question.


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