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Hastelloy X Alloy- Complete Guide

Hastelloy Alloy X is an austenitic nickel based alloy comprising of 22% chromium for excellent resistance to oxidation at the elevated temperatures. It is designated as UNS N06002 or W. Nr – 2.4665, 2.4613 and enlisted in NACE MR – 01 – 75. Its forms are made in specifications – ASTM B435, AMS 5536, ISO 6208 and AECMA PrEn2185.

Hastelloy X alloy is solid solution strengthened, offering outstanding strength at high temperatures. It has great high temperature and stress rupture characteristics above 790oC or 1450oF. It is suitable for use in applications at temperature limits about 1200oC or 2200oF. Alloy X has high magnitudes of chromium, nickel and molybdenum that offer excellent corrosion resistance properties similar to high nickel alloys more commonly in corrosion applications.

Hastelloy X is basically known for providing high heat and oxidation resistance as well as excellent resistance to chloride stress corrosion cracking and outstanding resistance to reducing and carburizing conditions. It has been noticed to be extremely resistant to stress corrosion cracking in the petrochemical applications.

Alloy X has superior forming and welding properties. It is forgeable and because of its high ductility, it is easily cold worked.  The work hardening rate of alloy is similar to the austenitic stainless steels. Good machining in the annealed form. It is weldable by fusion and resistance welding procedures. Hastelloy X is weldable through manual as well as automatic methods such as shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc and gas metal arc welding processes.

Hastelloy X strips are generally offered in the solution heat processed conditions. While manufacturing, alloy X is solution heat processed at the elevated temperature above 1150oC and quickly quenched. If the heat processing and quenching are performed in the secured conditions, shining annealed products are offered.

Use of Hastelloy X in gas cool reactor systems

Hastelloy X, a Nickel-Chromium- Iron-Molybdenum alloy is an essential structural alloy for components of gas cooled reactor equipments. It has been widely utilized for above two decades in the several high temperature applications that need high strength. It is basically a single phase alloy possessing face centered cubic structure and receives its strength basically by solid solution strengthening from the elements chromium, molybdenum and tungsten. The presence of large chromium concentration, it offers outstanding resistance to oxidation at temperatures above 982oC or 1800oF. Its most popular application is in gas turbine engines where it is utilized in the sheet forms.

gas cooled reactor system

Hastelloy X is made in specifications SB 35 section II and section VIII, in unfired pressure vessels. The latest design of steam cycle high temperature gas cooled reactor (HTGR), Hastelloy X is selected for the production of lower cross ducts that connect the exit of the reactor core to the steam generators. Similarly, the upper cross ducts that return the helium to the core are also produced of Hastelloy X. Several product forms such as plate, sheet, bar, forging and others are produced of this alloy.

The minor design temperature for the hot duct is 788oC or 1450oF with the probability of temperature level about 927oC or 1700 oF. The design service life is 280,000 hours in a condition of regularly recirculated and purified helium comprising of contaminated gases like water, carbon monoxide, methane and hydrogen. Hastelloy X is a chief alloy for materials of gas quenched reactor process heat units that are used for supplying heat for the coal conversion procedures such as hydrogasification, solution hydrocracking and steam gasification, steel production and others. Hastelloy X is used for ducting, tube or support plate materials of the moderate and process heat exchangers.

Alloy X shows a minimum in ductility by decreasing area over the temperature limit of 500 oC to 750oC. Such ductility minimum is standard in nickel base high temperature alloys. Tensile properties of Hastelloy X are as following:

Temperature Tensile strength Elongation in 31.8 mm or 1.25 inch % Reduction in area %
oC oF 0.2 % yield Ultimate Complete Uniform
20 oC 70 of 359 Mpa 52 ksi 762 Mpa 110.5 ksi 50.5 % 43.8 % 59.8 %
20 oC 70 of 349 Mpa 50.6 ksi 764 Mpa 110.8 ksi 51.5 % 43.9 % 59.2 %
20 oC 70 of 350 Mpa 50.8 ksi 764 Mpa 110.8 ksi 51.9 % 44.3 % 61.4 %
150 oC 300 of 290 Mpa 42.1 ksi 682 Mpa 98.9 ksi 51.1 % 44.7 % 60.6 %
150 oC 300 of 288 Mpa 41.8 ksi 671 Mpa 97.3 ksi 51.5 % 45.9 % 59.8 %
290 oC 550 of 248 Mpa 36 ksi 662 Mpa 96 ksi 52.8 % 46.2 % 57.9 %
290 oC 550 of 244 Mpa 35.4 ksi 651 Mpa 94.4 ksi 53.7 % 48.3 % 55.9 %
290 oC 550 of 245 Mpa 35.5 ksi 656 Mpa 95.2 ksi 54.4 % 49.9 % 55.4 %
430 oC 800 of 223 Mpa 32.4 ksi 627 Mpa 91 ksi 56.5 % 51.1 % 56.9 %
430 oC 800 of 234 Mpa 34 ksi 629 Mpa 91.2 ksi 49.8 % 47.3 %
480 oC 900 of 193 Mpa 28 ksi 623 Mpa 90.4 ksi 59 % 53.6 % 43.6 %
480 oC 900 of 234 Mpa 34 ksi 622 Mpa 90.2 ksi 55.9 % 53 % 38.4 %
480 oC 900 of 219 Mpa 31.8 ksi 621 Mpa 90.1 ksi 58.4 % 53.6 % 48.2 %
540 oC 1000 of 239 Mpa 34.6 ksi 592 Mpa 85.8 ksi 49.9 % 46.5 % 40.9 %
540 oC 1000 of 221 Mpa 32.1 ksi 596 Mpa 86.5 ksi 48.8 % 43.9 % 31.4 %
595 oC 1100 of 220 Mpa 31.9 ksi 585 Mpa 84.9 ksi 53.3 % 47.9 % 40.9 %
595 oC 1100 of 223 Mpa 32.4 ksi 587 Mpa 85.1 ksi 53.1 % 47.7 % 41.9 %
595 oC 1100 of 232 Mpa 33.7 ksi 581 Mpa 843 ksi 51.5 % 47 % 43 %
650 oC 1200 of 214 Mpa 31.1 ksi 507 Mpa 73.6 ksi 39.7 % 39.4 % 35.9 %
650 oC 1200 of 213 Mpa 30.9 ksi 507 Mpa 73.6 ksi 39.7 % 37.9 % 39.4 %
705 oC 1300 of 223 Mpa 32.4 ksi 425 Mpa 61.6 ksi 48.5 % 23 % 41.7 %
705 oC 1300 of 215 Mpa 31.2 ksi 452 Mpa 65.5 ksi 37.3 % 29.9 % 33.6 %
705 oC 1400 of 212 Mpa 30.8 ksi 460 Mpa 66.7 ksi 37.6 % 30.8 % 35.9 %
760 oC 1400 of 215 Mpa 31.2 ksi 320 Mpa 46.4 ksi 73.3 % 6.4 % 66.1 %
760 oC 1400 of 217 Mpa 31.5 ksi 323 Mpa 46.9 ksi 75.6 % 7.8 % 68.8 %
760 oC 1400 of 217 Mpa 31.5 ksi 385 Mpa 55.8 ksi 66.6 % 11.7 % 55.8 %
760 oC 1400 of 206 Mpa 29.9 ksi 381 Mpa 55.2 ksi 68.1 % 12 % 57 %
815 oC 1500 of 221 Mpa 32.1 ksi 241 Mpa 34.9 ksi 87.2 % 3 % 78.9 %
815 oC 1500 of 232 Mpa 33.7 ksi 240 Mpa 34.8 ksi 72.2 % 3.4 % 74.3 %
815 oC 1500 of 231 Mpa 33.5 ksi 238 Mpa 34.5 ksi 74.6 % 3.2 % 77.1 %
815 oC 1500 of 213 Mpa 30.9 ksi 241 Mpa 34.9 ksi 81.2 % 3.2 % 81.4 %
815 oC 1500 of 225 Mpa 32.7 ksi 288 Mpa 41.7 ksi 86 % 5.8 % 69.6 %
870 oC 1600 of 161 Mpa 23.4 ksi 165 Mpa 24 ksi 79.8 % 2.1 % 88.9 %
870 oC 1600 of 163 Mpa 23.6 ksi 168 Mpa 24.3 ksi 84.4 % 2.3 % 88.2 %

It is well known that the fatigue and creep rupture properties of engineering alloys are affected by operation at high temperatures in the gaseous media. For engineering applications, the level of effect may be major or minor on the base of surface layer produced, the surface to volume ratio of the materials and kind of loading involved is static or dynamic. The level of reaction can be specifically described if the environment treats as a mass transfer source for oxidation, decarburization or carburization. These reactions can be specifically harmful if intergranular corrosion occurs, as grain boundaries weaken at the high temperatures. In air, the primary oxide to produce on Hastelloy X is a soft adherent layer of Cr2O3 that remains stable and secure as long as temperature reaches 982oC or exceeds. This security oxide layer makes Hastelloy X an outstanding material for high temperature applications in air. Exceeding 982oC or 1800oF, a volatile oxide layer CrO3 produces that is nonprotective.

The primary coolant of HTGR is helium and it comprises only small magnitudes of oxidizing layers. Therefore it is important to identify the nature of surface layers or corrosion products that may be created as a result of prolonged exposure such as about 28, 0000 hours to media. As latest ASME high temperature design allowable are based on mechanical characteristics like tensile, creep and fatigue that are produced in air, impact of HTGR prototypic conditions on the properties of alloys should be demonstrated for design.

Corrosion resistance

Hastelloy X offers outstanding oxidation resistance in air contributed by the exclusive oxidation resistant spinel that creates an external layer of duplex oxide. The prolong functionality of this material in non-oxidizing conditions, although where carburization may occur, needs to be determined. The oxidation level depends on the temperature as well as stress. The surface of the smaller stressed part of the alloy X component  produces soft, green regular one micro-m thick oxide and without grain boundary corrosion. The surface layer is very thin at the stressed region of the sample about 20 to 30 micro-m deep penetrations.  Unlikely, on the unstressed portion of the sample, an extremely thin oxide layer was produced without oxidation corrosion.

High temperature carburization rate of Hastelloy X in methane gas

Nickel based wrought alloy Hastelloy X tube is subjected to argon – methane at 800oC and 1000oC to evaluate the carburization mechanism of the alloy utilized for fuel injection nozzles of micro – gas turbine combustors.

Hastelloy X is commonly utilized as a high temperature alloy for gas turbine parts for example in combustors and fuel injection nozzles. It offers outstanding oxidation resistance in the elevated temperature oxidizing conditions by producing security chromium oxide layer. Although, it is widely subjected to low oxygen potential, high carbon containing conditions, specifically in the combustion media with methane and propane gases are commonly utilized. The chromium oxide security layer is considered unstable in these conditions may be unable to provide security. These carbonaceous gases cause carburization and in few cases, the metal dusting.

Carburization testing

The surface morphologies of the sample after carburization exposure (in argon or reacting gases)  at 800oC to 1000oC for 1 to 100 hours are analyzed. The scratches from surface grinding can still be noticed after 25 hours of carburization at 800oC and the surface was shielded with a needle like reaction product after 100 hours. At temperature of 1000oC, the internal and outer surfaces of Hastelloy X tube were covered by a fine grained reaction product after 1 hour of carburization and fine grained product became coarser subsequent to prolong carburization. On the external surface, the coarse spherical shaped product was noticed after 25 hours of carburization and tended to develop more after 100 hours.

The cross- sections of the edges of sample tubes after carburization analysis at 800oC and 1000oC for different carburization periods are assessed. Internal carburization doesn’t occur at 800oC for minimum 25 hours of carburization; however it was noticed in some portions after 100 hours in the internal part of the tube. At 1000oC, the internally carburized layers were noticed to create after 1 hour and depth of every layer increased with the passage of time. The growth rate of internal and outer layers carburization sections was unlike in the smaller reaction periods. The depth of internal carburization region was larger than external region after 4 hours of corrosion however they became uniform after 9 hours.

While heating in running Argon, a thin chromium oxide scale may be produced on the Hastelloy X, due to contaminated oxygen in argon is still sufficient to produce chromium oxide (Cr2O3) layer. Its initially produced Cr2O3 layer may result in an incubation time before carburization and complete gas exchange in the reaction tube from argon to carburization argon – methane gas mixture requires some length of period around ten minutes. While the gas change, the internal part of the tube surface is subjected to Ar – CH4 before external region of the sample surface, causing in the smaller incubation period for the internal area of the tube surface.

Hot Working

Hastelloy high temperature alloys can be hot processed into several forms, although they can be more susceptible to the magnitude and rate of hot reduction than is for austenitic stainless steels. Besides, hot processing temperature limits for these alloys can be narrow. Specific care should be exercised while hot processing to attain the required outcomes. The features of solid solution strengthened high temperature alloys that are considered in following a specific hot working operation include – 1. Lower melting points  2. Large hot strength    3. Quick work hardening   4. Lower thermal conductivity. Additionally, the resistance to deformation in these alloys may increase quickly as the temperature reduces to the low end of the hot working limit. Following the hot working practices that include heavy initial and medium final reductions, combined with rapid reheating, usually offer the required outcomes. Moreover, the slow distortion rates reduce the adiabatic heating and applicable force necessities.


The following rules are generally followed in the forging of Hastelloy alloys-

  1. Ingots minimum 30 minutes are kept at the forging temperature for complete thickness, calibrated optical pyrometer is necessarily used.
  2. The stock should be turned immediately to demonstrate the cooler side to the furnace condition. The direct flame impingement on the alloy should be prevented.
  3. Forging should start quickly subsequent to retrieving metal from the furnace. A small period lapse may permit the reduction in the surface temperature from 38oC to 93oC or 100 to 200oF. Do not increase the forging temperature to recompense the heat as it may result in the premature melting. Reasonably extreme reductions are advantageous to retain the internal heat as much as feasible, hence decreasing grain coarsening and count of reheating. Reductions above 40% in each session are unsuitable.
  4. Care should be taken to provide adequate hot work while forging to ensure that suitable structure and features are obtained in the eventual components. For components with large areas, it is recommended to include several forging upsets in the warm working period to permit for sufficient forging reductions.
  5. Light reduction finish sizing are not followed in the normal instances. However if needed that should be conducted at the minimum limit of the forging temperature.
  6. Radical changes are not made in the cross – section shape like moving from a square to circular, while initial forming levels. Rather move from square to circular cornered square to octagon to circular.
  7. Fix the fractures or wears if produced any while forging. Usually it is performed at the moderate levels in the forging sessions.

Hot Rolling

The hot rolling of Hastelloy X alloy is readily done for several traditional rolled forms such as bars and sheets. The basic factors are identical to forging. The reduction of 15 – 20 % per cycle is suitable. The complete reduction per session should be minimum 20 – 30 %, specifically for final session. The finishing in the minimum level of hot processing temperature limit is often required to develop the great structure and characteristics.

Frequent reheating while hot rolling may be needed to maintain the temperature of the alloy component in the hot processing limit. Care should be taken to confirm the complete soaking of the component at the hot temperature prior rolling. The hot temperature limits for Hastelloy X – furnace temperature: 2150oF or 1175oC and lowest temperature: 1750oF or 955oC.

 Cold Working

Hastelloy high temperature alloys are readily formed in the different shapes through cold processing. As they are stronger and work harden more quickly than austenitic stainless grades, larger force is often needed to attain the identical magnitude of cold distortion. The larger yield strength may also offer larger spring back while cold forging than observed for stainless steels. Moreover, the quick work hardening features of these alloys may need more rapid moderate annealing in the forming steps to produce a finished component.

To develop the required components, the material condition should be thoroughly analyzed. Hastelloy X components are normally delivered in the solution annealed or mill annealed condition unless otherwise requested. Every consecutive operation should be done by a moderate annealing to recover ductility. Moderate annealing is conducted following the heat treatment guidelines.

Lubrication is essential for complete cold processing of Hastelloy alloys. However lubrication is nominally required for a simple bending process such as the use of lubricants is important for other forming processes, like cold drawing. Nominal forming processes can be performed using lard oil or castor oil that can be easily cleaned. More intense forming applications need metallic soaps or chlorinated or sulfochlorinated oils.

Heat Processing

Solid solution strengthened Hastelloy alloys are offered in the solution heat processed form. In this form, microstructures normally comprise of primary carbides distributed in a single phase matrix with necessarily clean grain limits. It is often the best condition for the outstanding high temperature characteristics in operations and the outstanding room temperature fabrication. Heat processing done at temperatures lower than the solution processing temperature is called as mill annealing. It should be kept in mind that implementing mill annealing heat processing will often provide the precipitation of the secondary carbides on the grain edges of the material and it will not recover the material to the as-received conditions.

Annealing is done to develop the required features for the fabricated Hastelloy X sheets.  

Other typical applications of Hastelloy X

Chemical process industries, metallurgical industries, jet components such as engines, cabin heaters, collector rings, tail cones and aircraft nozzle vanes