EN26 High Tensile Steel

EN26 is a 2.5% nickel - chromium - molybdenum high hardenability, high tensile steel, generally supplied hardened and tempered in the tensile range 1000 - 1150 Mpa (Condition V) Rc 31 - 38.Characterised by high strength and toughness in very large sections - similar to EN25 but with higher carbon content, particularly suitable where high surface pressure exists.

Pre hardened and tempered EN26 can be further surface hardened by flame or induction hardening, and by nitriding.
EN26 is used extensively in most industry sectors for applications requiring higher tensile and yield strength than 4140, 4340 or EN25 can provide.
Typical uses are: Axles, Connecting Rods, Die Holders, Hydraulic Shafts, Spindles, Motor Shafts, Pins, Rams, Rolls, Sockets, Tool Holders, Torsion Bars etc..
Colour Code Stocked Sizes
Dark Green & Black (Bar End)

Round 24 mm to 450 mm
Bar Finish
Peeled, Turned, Centreless Ground.
Related Specifications

Australia AS 1444-1996-X9940
Germany W.Nr 1.6745 40NiMoCr10 4
Great Britain BS970: PART 3: 1991 826M40
BS970: 1955 - EN26
Chemical Composition (Base Material)
Min. % Max %
Carbon 0.36 0.44
Silicon 0.10 0.40
Manganese 0.45 0.70
Nickel 2.30 2.80
Chromium 0.50 0.80
Molybdenum 0.45 0.66
Phosphorous 0 0.04
Sulphur 0 0.04
Mechanical Property Requirements for Steels in the Heat-Treated Condition for Black, Peeled, Turned or Ground Finish to AS1444-1996 X9940 and BS970 Part 3-1991 826M40
Mechanical Property Designation U U *V *V W W X Y Z
Limited Ruling Section mm 250 150 250 150 250 150 150 150 100
Tensile Strength Mpa Min 930 930 1000 1000 1080 1080 1150 1230 1550
Max 1080 1080 1150 1150 1230 1230 1300 1380
0.2% Proof Stress Mpa Min 725 740 820 835 910 925 1005 1080 1125
Elongation on

5.65√S0 %
Min 12 12 12 12 11 11 10 10 7
Izod Impact J Min 34 47 34 47 27 40 34 34 13
Charpy Impact J Min 28 42 28 42 22 35 28 28 11
Hardness Brinell HB Min 269 269 293 293 311 311 341 363 444
Max 331 331 352 352 375 375 401 429
*Material stocked generally in condition V.Check test certificate if critical for end use.
Heat to 1150 oC - 1200 oC maximum, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section, and commence forging immediately.Do not forge below 850 oC.Following forging operation the work piece should be cooled as slowly as possible in sand or dry lime etc..
Heat Treatment
Heat to 790 oC - 840 oC, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section and cool in furnace.
Flame or Induction Hardening
EN26 hardened and tempered bar can be further surface hardened by either the flame or induction hardening methods resulting in a case hardness in excess of Rc 50.
Parts should be heated as quickly as possible to the austenitic temperature range (820 oC - 850 oC) and required case depth followed by an immediate oil or water quench, depending upon hardness required, workpiece size/shape and quenching arrangements.Following quenching to hand warm, most components should be tempered between 150 oC - 200 oC to remove quenching stresses in the case. This will have little effect on case hardness.
Heat to 820 oC - 850 oC, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section, soak for 10 - 15 minutes per 25 mm section, and quench in oil, water, or polymer as required.*Temper immediately while still hand warm.
EN26 hardened and tempered bar can also be successfully nitrided, giving a surface hardness of up to Rc 60. Nitriding is carried out at 490 oC - 530 oC, followed by slow cooling (no quench) reducing the problem of distortion. Parts can therefore be machined to near final size, leaving a grinding allowance only. The tensile strength of the core is usually not affected since the nitriding temperature range is generally below the original tempering temperature employed.N.B. Nickel is inert to the action of nitrogen and in general resists its diffusion into steel, and this can result in a lower case hardness or longer nitriding cycle times for steels containing nickel such as EN26.
Stress Relieving
Heat to 640 oC - 660 oC, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section, soak for 1 hour per 25 mm section, and cool in still air.
Re-heat to 450 oC - 660 oC as required, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section, soak for 1 hour per 25 mm of section, and cool in still air.N.B.Tempering should be avoided if possible within the range 250 oC - 450 oC due to temper brittleness.
Notes on Heat Treatment
Heating temperatures, rate of heating, cooling and soaking times will vary due to factors such as work piece size/shape also furnace type employed, quenching medium and work piece transfer facilities etc..Please consult your heat treater for best results.
EN26 in the hardened and tempered as supplied condition is still regarded as being readily machinable and operations such as turning and drilling etc. can be carried out satisfactorily using machine manufacturers, recommendations for suitable tool type - feeds and speeds.
Welding of EN26 in the hardened and tempered condition (as normally supplied), is not recommended and should be avoided if at all possible, as the mechanical properties will be altered within the weld heat affected zone. It is preferred that welding be carried out on EN26 while in the annealed condition, and that the work piece, immediately on cooling to hand warm, is then stress relieved at 640 oC - 660 oC prior to hardening and tempering.If welding in the hardened and tempered condition is really necessary, then the work piece, immediately on cooling to hand warm, should be stress relieved at 15 oC below the original tempering temperature.
Welding Procedure
Welding of EN26 in whatever condition should always be carried out using low hydrogen electrodes - please consult your welding consumables supplier.
Suggested pre-heat temperature
Section 25 mm 40 mm 50 mm 75 mm 150 mm 200 mm +
oC 370 400 425 455 510 550
Post Welding
Maximum cooling rate 95 oC per hour down to 95 oC, follow by cooling in still air.N.B. No draught.
It is recommended that the work piece if possible is wrapped in an heat resistant blanket or buried in sand etc..
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