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Superaustenitic Stainless Steel


Alloy SSC-6MO
6% Molybdenum Superaustenitic Stainless Steel with Outstanding Resistance to Chloride Pitting, Crevice Corrosion and Stress-Corrosion Cracking. Alloy SSC-6MO (UNS N08367) is comparable to and competes directly with AL6XN®


Specs: Alloy SSC-6MO
(UNS N08367)

General Properties
Design Stress Allowances

Chemical Analysis
Physical Properties
Mechanical Properties
Corrosion Properties
Chloride Pitting Resistance
Crevice Corrosion Resistance
Stress-Corrosion Cracking Resistance
General Corrosion


General Properties
SSC-6MO (UNS N08367) is a superaustenitic 6% molybdenum alloy that exhibits far greater resistance to chloride pitting, crevice corrosion and stress-corrosion cracking than the standard 300 series and standard duplex stainless steels. It also serves as a cost-effective substitute for more expensive nickel-base alloys in applications where excellent corrosion resistance, strength, formability and weldability are essential. Designated as (UNS N08367), SSC-6MO competes directly with Alloy AL6XN®.

The high nickel (24%) and molybdenum (6.5%) contents contribute to the alloys chloride stress-corrosion cracking resistance, while the molybdenum content also provides resistance to chloride pitting. The high levels of chromium (21%), molybdenum and nitrogen (0.22%) all serve to produce exceptional corrosion resistance.

Due to its high nitrogen content, SSC-6MO has higher tensile strength than the common austenitic stainless steels. The ASME design-stress allowances for SSC-6MO are up to 75% higher than 316L and more than two times those of the copper- nickel alloys.
The toughness and ductility of SSC-6MO provide for ease of fabrication. SSC-6MO welds and forms much more readily than any super duplex or high alloy ferritic stainless steel with comparable corrosion resistance.

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Design Stress Allowances
One of the advantages of nitrogen-enriched stainless steels such as SSC-6MO and duplex alloys is their higher strength levels in comparison to conventional austenitic stainless steels. Higher strength levels, coupled with the corrosion resistance of SSC-6MO, allows for construction of units with thinner cross-sections. SSC-6MO is rated for stresses over 66% higher than 316L at 200°F. It also maintains its strength at high temperatures. SSC-6MO is readily fabricated using standard practices for austenitic stainless steels.

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Air Pollution Control
      Coal-fired power plant FGD systems
Chemical Processing Equipment
Food and Beverage Process Equipment Mining
      Coal mining wastewater brine treatment
      Gold mining pollution control units
Offshore Oil and Gas Production
      Seawater filtration, heat exchangers, piping systems
Petroleum Refining
Pharmaceuticals and
      Process equipment and piping systems
Power Generation
      Condensers, pumps, feed-water heaters, piping systems
Pulp and Paper
      Chlorine dioxide bleaching plants
Seawater Treatment
      Desalination systems

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ASTM………. A 240, B 688
ASME……….SA 240, SB 688

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Chemical Analysis
Typical analysis (Weight %)

Ni Cr Mo N
24.3 20.6 6.3 0.21
C Mn Si P Cu S Fe
0.01 0.4 0.3 0.02 0.25 0.001 Balance*

*Alloy predominates remaining composition. Other elements may be present only in minimal quantities.

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Physical Properties
0.290 lb/in3
8.02 g/cm3

Magnetic Permeability
1.003 Oersted (u at 200H)

Modulus of Elasticity
28.3 psi x 10.6 (75°F)
195 MPa (24°C)

Thermal Conductivity 212°F (100°C)
6.8 Btu-ft/hr-ft2-°F (68-212°F)
11.8 W/m-k (20 – 100°C)

Specific Heat
0.11 BTU/lb-°F
500 Joules/kg°K

Electrical Resistivity
535 Ohm circ mil/ft
0.89 u cm

Melting Range
2470 – 2560°F
1354 – 1404°C

Linear Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
8.49 10-6/°F (68 – 212°F)
15.3 10-6/°C (20 – 100°C)

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Mechanical Properties
Typical Room Temperature Mechanical Properties, Mill Annealed
Properties Applicable to Plate

0.2 percent offset Yield Strength Ultimate Tensile Strength Elongation percent in 2"
Reduction percent of area Hardness Rockwell B
psi (MPa) psi (MPa)
55,000 (380) 107,000 (738) 48 60 90

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Corrosion Properties
The most frequent cause of corrosion failures in stainless steels is localized attack induced by chlorides; specifically, pitting, crevice corrosion and stress-corrosion cracking. SSC-6MO is positioned as an upgrade to austenitic stainless grades such as 316L, 317L and 904L. It is also superior to Alloy 20 and Alloy 825 in resistance to a wide range of corrosive environments. SSC-6MO is also found to be a cost effective substitute for higher cost nickel-base alloys such as alloys G, 625, 276 and titanium for many applications.

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Chloride Pitting Resistance
The pitting resistance of an austenitic stainless steel can be related directly to alloy composition, where chromium, molybdenum and nitrogen are a weight %. The Pitting Resistance Equivalent Number (PREN) uses the following formula to measure an alloy’s relative pitting resistance - the higher the number, the better the pitting resistance.

PREN = %Cr + 3.3Mo + 30N

The PREN values for several alloys are presented in the following chart:


Alloy Cr Mo N PREN
304 18.0 - 0.06 20
316L 16.5 2.1 0.05 25
Alloy 20 20.0 2.5 - 28
317L 18.5 3.1 0.06 30
904L 20.5 4.5 0.05 37
2205 22.0 3.0 0.20 38
SSC-6Mo 20.5 6.2 0.22 48

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Crevice Corrosion Resistance
The high level of molybdenum and nitrogen present in SSC-6MO has a beneficial effect on crevice corrosion resistance in chloride-bearing, oxidizing, acid solutions. SSC-6MO also has better crevice corrosion resistance in seawater than 316L, 2205 and 904L.

The Critical Crevice Corrosion Temperature (CCCT) test is often used to compare the crevice corrosion resistance of various alloys.

Temperature for the Initiation of Crevice Corrosion in a 10% Ferric Chloride Solution

Alloy Cr Mo
316L 27 -2
Alloy 825 27 -2
317L 35 2
317LMN 68 20
2205 68 20
904L 68 20
Alloy G 86 30
SSC-6Mo 95 35

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Stress-Corrosion Cracking Resistance
Chloride stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) is one of the most serious forms of localized corrosion. Higher temperatures and reduced pH will increase the probability of SCC. It has been determined that alloys become more resistant to SCC as their nickel content increases above 12% and their molybdenum content rises above 3%. SSC-6MO is superior to the standard 300 series austenitic stainless steels and some duplex stainless steels. SSC-6MO is very resistant to SCC at temperatures less than 250°F (121°C). The threshold temperature for initiating SCC increases with decreasing chloride content. Caution must be used when selecting this alloy for applications where temperatures may be higher than 250°F (121°C).

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General Corrosion
SSC-6MO is excellent in acetic, formic and phosphoric acids, as well as, sodium bisulfate. It is satisfactory in oxalic acid, sodium hydroxide and sullfamic acids but unsatisfactory in 10% sulfuric acid solutions. The overall general corrosion resistance of SSC-6MO in boiling test solutions is superior to 316L and 317L, and comparable to 904L and 276.

The resistance of SSC-6MO to dilute (less than 15%) sulfuric acid at all temperatures up to the boiling point and to concentrated (greater than 85%) solutions at low temperatures is good for an austenitic stainless steel. In pure sulfuric acid, SSC-6MO performs significantly better than 316L and somewhat better than 904L. Its performance is comparable to the more costly nickel-base materials – Alloy 20 and Alloy 825.

In phosphoric acid process streams that contain halide impurities, the superior resistance of SSC-6MO is required. The alloy also resists concentrations above 45% where Alloy 20 and Alloy 825 are usually utilized.

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AL6XN® is a registered trademark of ATI Properties Inc.


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