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304/304L ASTM A269

304/304L ASTM A269

304/304L ASTM A269

Worked with some tubing today purchased per ASTM A269.  Ink-stamped on the tubing was 304/304L.  What gives with the dual designation?  If it is 304, it cannot be 304L for weldability and if it is 304, it cannot meet UTS and YS of 304.

RE: 304/304L ASTM A269

Dual marking is allowed as long as the Carbon content meets the "L" quality and the Mechanical properties meet the 304 requirements.

RE: 304/304L ASTM A269

What you will find with these older grades is that the actual properties are way above the minimums.  It is easy to make 'L' C levels and still pass the straight grade strength.
Two notes:
1. You bought this to a spec that doesn't require mechanical testing.  You have no idea what the strength level is.  There is no ASME SA269 because of this lack of testing.
2. Nitrogen does not need to be reported.  This makes 304, 304L, 304N, and 304LN interchageable in most cases.  While N does raise the strength of the alloy it doesn't improve the creap resistance.

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RE: 304/304L ASTM A269

ijzer & EdStainless,
Thank you both.  This is very helpful.  I suspected something like this but when I saw the dramatic difference in mechanicals, it resulted in a big question.

Ours is a heat resisting application with essentially no load so I will be looking close at the other thread that talks about better cost choice for heat resisting app's although in this instance, the quantity is minute so cost is actually a moot point but I need to understand for future reference.

Thanks again.

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