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Why use Nitronic 60 Stainless Steel?

Why use Nitronic 60 Stainless Steel?


Nitronic® 60 is a high strength manganese austenitic stainless steel that is part of a group of materials known as Nitronic® due to the addition of nitrogen to improve their strength. This group includes Nitronic® 30Nitronic® 32Nitronic® 33Nitronic® 40 and Nitronic® 50.

Nitronic 60 is a trademark of the AK Steel Corporation. Unlike other austenitic stainless steels, it does not become magnetic when cold worked or cooled to sub-zero temperatures.

It is highly resistant to galling and wear due to its increased levels of silicon and manganese, and can be can be supplied in the annealed condition or the higher strength Nitronic 60HS condition.

Other Material Designations

  • UNS S21800
  • Alloy 218

Product Standards and Specifications

  • ASTM A276 Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes
  • ASTM A479 Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes for use in Boilers and Other Pressure Vessels

ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials

What conditions is it ideal for?

Nitronic 60 is ideal for applications that are exposed to extreme high temperatures and axial and rotating movements where there is a risk of galling, wear and fretting. 

In particular, Nitronic 60 provides a more cost effective material for components such as bushes when compared to cobalt and nickel based alloys.

It is also beneficial in corrosive environments as its  general corrosion resistance is superior to that of 304 stainless steel, however not as good as that of 316 stainless steel. Its ability to resist stress corrosion cracking , chloride pitting and crevice corrosion has been shown to be higher than that of 316 stainless steel.

The opportunities for use are furthered by a yield strength approached twice that of 316 stainless steel due to the addition of nitrogen.


Nitronic 60 has a high work hardening rate, so although it’s machinability characteristics are similar to that of other austenitic stainless steels, the material will have to be held more rigidly and slower speeds used. 

More power will also be required, so heavy machines will be required, and it is also recommended to use carbide coated tooling.


Machining Data

Carbide tools are suggested for rates better than 50% of Type 304.

Machining Type

Suggested starting rates are:

Single Point Turning 

Roughing - 0.15" depth, 0.015"/rev feed -175 SFM

Finishing - 0.025" depth, 0.007"/rev feed - 200 SFM


1/4" Dia hole - 0.004"/rev feed - 60 SFM

1/2" Dia hole - 0.007"/rev feed - 60 SFM

3/4" Dia hole - 0.010"/rev feed - 60 SFM


Feed - same as drilling - 100 SFM

Side and Slot Milling 

Roughing - 0.25" depth - 0.007"/tooth feed - 125SFM

Finishing - 0.050" depth - 0.009"/tooth feed - 140SFM

These rates are for carbide tools,

Type C-2 for roughing, drilling and reaming.

Type C-3 for finishing.



Nitronic 60 can be welded using standard arc welding processes. In most circumstances no pre or post heating will be required. 

The strength of the weld will be slightly greater than the base material, whereas the wear resistant will be slightly less.

Stress-Corrosion Cracking and Intergranular Attack Resistance

Similar to the majority of stainless steels, Nitronic 60 may stress-corrosion crack in hot chloride environments. The level of resistance to stress-corrosion cracking of Nitronic 60 is superior to that of 316 stainless steel. 

The ability of Nitronic 60 to resist intergranular attack is excellent.

Examples of where is it used:

The properties of Nitronic 60 make is especially useful for marine and industrial applications such as food processing and petrochemical industries.

It is often used for the following components:

  • Fasteners
  • Pins and bushing
  • Pump shafts
  • Valve stems and internal moving components
  • Wear plates
  • Roller Bearings
  • Chain links and drives


Summary of Advantages:

  • Wear and galling resistant
  • Better corrosion resistance than 304 stainless steel
  • Suitable for fasteners as can be used in repetitive assembly and disassembly
  • Excellent resistance to intergranular attack
  • Excellent resistance to sulphide stress cracking (SSC)
  • Good hardness in the annealed condition
  • Good ambient and high temperature performance


Nitronic 60 Properties

Chemical Composition

Typical chemical composition of Nitronic® 60 is detailed in the table below.

ElementContent (%)
Chromium, Cr20.5-23.5
Nickel, Ni11.5-13.5
Manganese, Mn4-6
Molybdenum, Mo1.5-3
Silicon, Si1
Nitrogen, N0.2-0.4
Niobium, Nb0.1-0.3
Vanadium, V0.1-0.3
Carbon, C0.06
Sulfur, S0.03
Iron, FeBalance

Physical Properties

Typical physical properties of Nitronic® 60 is detailed in the table below. 

Density7.89 g/cm30.285 lb/in3

Mechanical Properties

Typical mechanical properties of Nitronic® 60 is detailed in the table below.

Tensile strength at break≥ 689 MPa≥ 100000 psi
Yield strength≥ 379 MPa≥ 55000 psi
Elongation at break≥ 35%≥ 35%


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