Stainless Steel Grade 310

Product Data Sheet - Stainless Steel

Grades 310, 310S  UNS-S31000, S31008

Grade 310 is a medium carbon austenitic stainless steel, for high temperature applications such as furnace parts and heat treatment equipment. It is used at temperatures up to 1150°C in continuous service, and 1035°C in intermittent service. Grade 310S is a low carbon version of grade 310.

Typical Applications

Grade 310/310S is used in fluidised bed combustors, kilns, radiant tubes, tube hangers for petroleum refining and steam boilers, coal gasifier internal components, lead pots, thermowells, refractory anchor bolts, burners and combustion chambers, retorts, muffles, annealing covers, saggers, food processing equipment, cryogenic structures.

Chemical Composition

(AS1449 / ASTM A240 - Flat Products)

3100.25 max2.00 max1.50 max0.045 max0.030 max24.00 - 26.0019.00 - 22.00
310S0.08 max2.00 max1.50 max0.045 max0.030 max24.00 - 26.0019.00 - 22.00

Mechanical Properties

(AS1449 / ASTM A240 - Flat Products)

0.2% Proof StressTensile StrengthElongationHardness
UnitMPaMPa%HB (max)
310 / 310S20552040225


These grades contain 25% chromium and 20% nickel, making them highly resistant to oxidation and corrosion. Grade 310S is a lower carbon version, less prone to embrittlement and sensitisation in service.

The high chromium and medium nickel content make these steels capable for applications in reducing sulphur atmospheres containing H2S. They are widely used in moderately carburising atmospheres, as encountered in petrochemical environments. For more severe carburising atmospheres other heat resisting alloys should be selected. Grade 310 is not recommended for frequent liquid quenching as it suffers from thermal shock. The grade is often used in cryogenic applications, due to its toughness and low magnetic permeability.

In common with other austenitic stainless steels, these grades cannot be hardened by heat treatment. They can be hardened by cold work, but this is rarely practiced.


Austral Wright Metals can supply these grades as plate, sheet and strip, bar and rod, seamless tube and pipe, welded tube and pipe, forgings and forging billet, tube and pipe fittings, wire.

Corrosion Resistance

Grade 310/310S is generally not used for corrosive liquid service, although the high chromium and nickel content give corrosion resistance superior to grade 304. The alloy does not contain molybdenum, so pitting resistance is quite poor. Grade 310/310S will be sensitised to intergranular corrosion after service at temperatures in range 550 - 800°C. Chloride stress corrosion cracking may take place in corrosive liquids containing chlorides at temperatures exceeding 100°C.

Physical Properties

(Typical, annealed)


Melting Range
1400 - 1450
Modulus of Elasticity
Shear Modulus
Poisson's Ratio
Thermal Conductivity
W / m. °C
Electrical Resistivity
micro-ohm . m
Electrical Conductivity
Specific Heat
500J/kg. °C
Relative Magnetic Permeability
Coefficient of Expansion
0 - 100°C15.9/°C
0 - 315°C16.2/°C
0 - 540°C17.0/°C

Heat Resistance

Grades 310/310S have good resistance to oxidation in intermittent service in air up to 1035°C and 1050°C in continuous service. The grades are resistant to oxidation, sulphidation and carburisation.

Pressure Vessels

AS1210, Pressure Vessels, allows the use of grade 310 up to 800°C.


Grades 310/310S are forged in the temperature range 975 - 1175°C. Heavy work is carried out down to 1050°C and a light finish is applied to the bottom of the range. After forging annealing is recommended to relieve all stresses from the forging process. The alloys can be readily cold formed by standard methods and equipment.


Grades 310/310S are similar in machinability to type 304. Work hardening can be a problem and it is normal to remove the work hardened layer by using slow speeds and heavy cuts, with sharp tools and good lubrication. Powerful machines and heavy, rigid tools are used.


Grades 310/310S are welded with matching electrodes and filler metals. The alloys are readily welded by SMAW (manual), GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG) and SAW. Electrodes to AWS A5.4 E310-XX and A 5.22 E310T-X, and filler metal AWS A5.9 ER310 are used. Argon is shielding gas.

Preheat and post heat are not required, but for corrosion service in liquids full post weld solution annealing treatment is essential.

Pickling and passivation of the surface to remove high temperature oxides are essential to restore full aqueous corrosion resistance after welding. This treatment is not required for high temperature service, but welding slag should be thoroughly removed.

Heat Treatment

Type 310/310S are solution annealed by heating to temperature range 1040 - 1065°C, holding at temperature until thoroughly soaked, then water quenching.

Effect of Exposure at 480 - 650º on Room Temperature Toughness and Hardness

Temperature °CExposure Time
1,000 hours10,000 hours
Charpy ImpactHardnessCharpy ImpactHardness

Mechanical Properties at Cryogenic Temperatures

Temperature °CYield StrengthTensile StrengthElongationIzod Impact

The technical advice and recommendations made in this Product Data Sheet should not be relied or acted upon without conducting your own further investigations, including corrosion exposure tests where needed. Please consult current editions of standards for design properties. Austral Wright Metals assumes no liability in connection with the information in this Product Data Sheet. Austral Wright Metals supplies a comprehensive range of stainless steels, copper alloys, nickel alloys and other high performance metals for challenging service conditions. Our engineers and metallurgists will be pleased to provide further data and applications advice.