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ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

thread177-122890: Standard for Acid Etch of High Temp Steel

I have performed Nital/Ammonium Persulfate acid etching on Carbon Steels to verify removal of Arc Burns per ASME B31.4 and B31.8, but have never applied this technique to Stainless. Are these solutions detrimental to Austenitic Stainless such as 304 and 316L or would this be an appropriate technique?

Any help would be great.




RE: ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

ASTM A340 gives a few options for austenitic stainless steels. I'd take a look at that.

RE: ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

There are other etchants to use for that.

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RE: ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

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Revision / Edition: 03A Chg: W/ REAP Date: 00/00/11

Is this the document to which you were referring?

Not sure how it applies to etching. What am I missing here?

RE: ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

Whoops, meant to say ASTM E340.

RE: ACID ETCHING 300 Series Stainless Steel

I typically start by looking at unetched samples.
Then as a first pass use 10% oxalic electro etch.
The need for other etchants then really depends on what phases you are looking for.
I have entire books on this subject.
Start with the ASM handbook and work from there.

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