431 Martensitic Stainless Steel Bar

431 is a high chromium-low nickel high hardenability Martensitic stainless steel with high strength and good corrosion resistance, as generally supplied hardened and tempered in the tensile range 850 - 1000 Mpa (condition T) Brinell range 248 - 302.Characterised by very good corrosion resistance in general atmospheric corrosive environments, good resistance to mild marine and industrial atmospheres, resistant to many organic materials, nitric acid and petroleum products coupled with high tensile and high yield strength plus excellent toughness in the hardened and tempered condition. 431 due to its excellent hardenability is capable of being through hardened up to Rc44, depending upon carbon content and section size. Small sections can be air cooled and larger sections oil quenched for maximum through hardness.Pre hardened and tempered 431 will also respond readily to nitriding achieving a typical surface hardness of over Rc65. The nitriding process however reduces the corrosion resistance and is therefore not generally recommended except for critical applications where the benefit outweighs all other considerations.

Used extensively for parts requiring a combination of high tensile strength, good toughness and good corrosion resistant properties.

Typical applications are: Aircraft Parts and Components, Bolts and Nuts, Fasteners, Pump Shafts, Propellor Shafts, Studs, Valve Parts etc.

Material magnetic in all conditions.



Colour Code Stocked Sizes
(Bar end)

Stocked Sizes 6.35 to 260 mm diameter.
Bar Finish
Peeled, Cold Drawn
Turned and Polished, and
Centreless Ground.
Related Specifications
Australia AS 2837-1986 431
Germany W.Nr 1.4057 X20CrNi17 2
Great Britain BS970 Part3 1991 431S29
BS970 - 1955 EN57
Japan JIS G4303 SuS 431
USA ASTM A276-98b 431
SAE 51431 AISI 431
UNS S43100
Chemical Composition
Min. % Max %
Carbon 0.12 0.20
Silicon 0 1.00
Manganese 0 1.00
Nickel 1.25 3.00
Chromium 15.00 18.00
Phosphorous 0 0.04
Sulphur 0 0.03
*Carbon range can vary considerably
*Nickel addition optional.
Mechanical Property Requirements For Material in the Annealed and Heat Treated - Condition T To AS2837 - 1986 431 and BS970 Part3 1991 431S29
Condition Annealed *T
Tensile Strength Mpa Min 850
Max 1000
0.2% Yield Strength Mpa Min 635
Elongation on 5.65√S0 % Min 11
Izod Impact Valua J mm Min 63   34
63   20
Hardness HB Min 248
Max 277 302
*Material stocked generally in condition T.
NB. Check the mill certificate if critical for end use.
Typical Mechanical Properties At Room Temperature - *Hardened and Tempered to Condition T
Tensile Strength Mpa 940
0.2% Yield Strength Mpa 750
Elongation in 50mm % 19
Impact Izod J 65
Hardness HB 280
Rc 30
*Typical Hardening Temperatures 980oC - 1020oC
*Typical Tempering Temperatures
640oC - 660oC
590oC - 610oC
Typical Mechanical Properties At Room Temperature - Hardened By Oil Quench at 980oC and Tempered as Indicated
Tempering Temperature oC 250 370 480 590 650
Tensile Strengt Mpa 1370 1390 1410 980 920
0.2% Yield Strength Mpa 1030 1130 1200 790 690
Elongation in 50mm % 16 16 16 19 20
Impact Charpy J 54 *34 *16 65 70
Hardness HB 410 420 425 295 270
Rc 44 45 46 32 29
High tensile strength and high yield strength with slightly lower impact properties when tempered below 370oC.
Section Size 30mm
*Note drop in impact properties.Tempering within the range 370oC - 565oC should be avoided.
Elevated Temperature Properties
431 displays good resistance to scaling in continuous service up to 700oC. Its use however at these higher working temperatures results in a substantial drop in tensile strength and hardness, with subsequent increase in ductility.
Typical Mechanical Properties at Elevated Temperatures, Hardened at 1010oC and Tempered at 30oC Above Working Temperature
Tempering Temperature oC 510 570 620
Working Temperature oC 480 540 590
Tensile Strengt Mpa 1350 720 435
Elongation in 50mm % 15 20 26
Room Temperature Hardness after Test HB 440 330 280
Rc 47 37 30
NB. Creep and stress rupture strength is also substantially reduced at these higher working temperatures.
Low Temperature Properties
431 is not recommended for use at sub-zero temperatures due to a substantial drop in impact properties consistent with most steels other than the austenitic steel types.
Cold Bending
In the hardened and tempered as supplied condition will be extremely difficult due to the high yield strength and is not generally recommended.
Hot Bending
In the hardened and tempered as supplied condition it is not recommended due to its affect on the mechanical properties within the heat affected zone.
Corrosion Resistance
431 has the highest corrosion resistance of all the Martensitic stainless steels, and while not as high as the austenitic stainless steels it is in certain corrosive environments similar to that of 301 and 302 grades.NB. It has optimum corrosion resistance in all environments in the hardened and tempered condition, and is not therefore recommended for use in the annealed condition. It is most important that oxygen is always allowed to circulate freely on all stainless steel surfaces to ensure that a chrome oxide film is always present to protect it. If this is not the case, rusting will occur as with other types of non stainless steels.For optimum corrosion resistance surfaces must be free of scale and foreign particles.
Finished parts should be passivated.



Heat uniformly to 1150oC - 1200oC, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section. Do not soak but commence forging immediately.Do not overheat as this will cause a loss of toughness and ductility. Do not forge below 900oCFinished forgings should be cooled as slowly as possible in dry lime or ashes to room temperature and sub-critical annealed immediately



Heat Treatment
Sub-Critical Annealing
Heat uniformerly to 620oC - 660oC hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section.
*Soak as required - suggested time 6 to 12 hours but can be longer, cool in air.
Heat to 950oC - 1020oC, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section. *Soak as required.
Quench in oil or air cool. Temper immediately while still hand warm.Note: Best impact properties achieved by hardening from above 1020oC. Best corrosion resistance plus mechanical properties achieved by hardening from about 980oC and tempering above 590oC. 
Heat to 950oC - 1020oC, hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section. *Soak as required.Quench in oil or air cool. Temper immediately while still hand warm. Note: Hardening from 1020oC - 1060oC will give optimum corrosion resistance, but hardening from about 980oC will give the best combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. 


Prior to nitriding, the chrome oxide film which protects the surface must be broken down by pickling or fine sand blasting.Nitriding is carried out at 500oC - 550oC followed by slow cooling (no quench) reducing the problem of distortion. Parts can therefore be machined to near final size, leaving a grinding tolerance only. Always ensure that the tempering temperature employed during the initial heat treatment was higher than the nitriding temperature otherwise the core strength will be affected.  
Tempering (Condition T)
Heat to 590oC - 680oC as required hold until temperature is uniform throughout the section, soak as required, cool in air.
A Double Tempering Treatment,as follows is recommended for optimum toughness.
Heat to 640oC - 680oC. *Soak as required, cool in air.
Followed by:
Re heat to 590oC - 610oC. *Soak as required, cool in air.431 can of course be tempered at much lower temperatures producing much higher tensile strengths with subsequent lower impact properties. 
NB. Tempering however within the range 370oC - 565oC should be avoided due to temper brittleness, resulting in a considerable reduction in impact properties and loss of corrosion resistance.*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.


431 machines best in the hardened and tempered as supplied condition and is regarded as being readily machineable with all operations such as turning and drilling etc. capable of being carried out satisfactorily. It does not work harden to the same extent as the 300 series austenitic stainless steels, but is more similar in this respect to the low alloy high tensile steels such as 4140 etc.Allowing therefore for its high tensile properties, all machining should be carried out as per machine manufacturers recommendations for suitable tool type, feeds and speeds.  
431 is not generally recommended for welding in either the annealed or hardened and tempered condition, due to its air hardening capability which can lead to the formation of brittle martensite, resulting in cold cracking due to contraction stresses within the weld and heat affected zone. The higher the carbon content the higher the hardening capability and the greater the risk of cracking.Pre heating and interpass temperature control during welding, plus very slow cooling and post-weld annealing is the best method to prevent cracking. The following welding procedure and post-weld heat treatment may be taken as a guide only if welding is necessary. 


Welding Procedure
Welding electrodes or rods should be low hydrogen types 410 or *similar when good strength is required otherwise an austenitic stainless electrode or rod such as 308 or *similar may be used resulting in a more ductile weld when strength is not so critical and post-weld annealing is not possible or intended.Pre-heat at 200oC - 300oC and maintain interpass temperature at 200oC minimum. On completion of welding cool slowly as possible until hand warm if possible: Post-weld sub-critical anneal at 620oC - 660oC, and cool in air.*Please consult your welding consumables supplier.



Interlloy believes the information provided is accurate and reliable. However no warranty of accuracy, completeness or reliability is given, nor will any responsibility be taken for errors or omissions.

316L due to its low carbon content has greater resistance to intergranular corrosion than all the austenitic stainless steel grades except 304L grade and 321 titanium stabilized grade.