Nitronic® 30

Nitronic® 30 - HPA N30 - UNS S20400 - N30 Steel - N & Mn Strengthened Stainless Steel

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N30 is a Nitrogen and Manganese strengthened stainless steel developed for applications requiring a good level of aqueous corrosion resistance combined with good toughness and economy. N30 stainless steel provides approximately 50% higher yield strength than Type 304L and, therefore, may allow lighter gauges to further reduce costs. N30 stainless steel work hardens rapidly while retaining good ductility. Unlike other nitrogen-strengthened stainless steels, N30 stainless steel is subject to magnetic transformation when cold worked.


View or download Cleveland Cliffs' Nitronic 30 datasheet here


Min% Max%
Fe Bal.
Cr 15.0 17.0
Ni 1.50 3.0
Mn 7.0 9.0
N 0.15 0.30
Si 1.00
C 0.03
Cu 1.00
P 0.040
S 0.030
*Composition information provided by Cleveland Cliffs' datasheet on Nitronic® 30, available here.

Typical Inventory



N30 Stainless Steel offers significantly higher strength than Type 304 and potential for applications requiring good resistance to aqueous and atmospheric corrosion resistance combined with good toughness and economy.

Specific potential applications include automotive hose clamps, safety belt anchors, truck and bus frames, water supply and control structures, sewage treatment plant structures, bulk solids handling equipment, magnetic ore separator screens, coal buckets, and hopper cars.

Stainless steels have served successfully in many structural components in the transportation industry. Bus space frames and bumpers take advantage of the excellent fabricability, high strength, and toughness of this stainless steel. Tensilized N30 stainless steel has been used in rapid transit structures where the strength-to-weight ratio of up to three times that of carbon steel has improved operating efficiency. Rear frames of refrigerated trucks are easily welded and formed from N30 stainless steel resulting in protective units that can withstand impact blows without cracking. Shipboard container structures use this stainless steel successfully over carbon steel due to scuffing that inevitably rusts wherever the protective paint is damaged.

General Data

  • Excellent mechanical properties at both extremely low and extremely high temperatures.
  • Outstanding resistance to pitting, crevice corrosion, and intercrystalline corrosion.
  • Almost complete freedom from chloride induced stress corrosion cracking.
  • High resistance to oxidation at elevated temperatures up to 1050 °C.
  • Good resistance to acids such as nitric, phosphoric, sulfuric, and hydrochloric, as well as to alkalis makes possible the construction of thin structural parts of high heat transfer.

Common Specifications

Note that the specifications listed are common for this alloy but are for reference only and may be specific to a certain form. The specifications listed are not comprehensive nor indicative of any edition, revision, or similar such as an amendment. Please, reach out to our sales department to request the Material Test Report (MTR) or to confirm your required specifications.

Form Standard
Identification UNS S20400
Sheet & Plate ASTM A240, ASTM A666, ASME SA240
Weld Wire N50W/ UNS S20980/ AWS A5.9 Class ER209

Mechanical Properties

The typical properties listed can usually be provided in rounds, sheet, strip, plate, & custom forgings. We have the equipment to produce small quantities in special sizes to meet our customers’ specific needs. The table below shows Cleveland Cliffs' Typical Room Temperature Mechanical Properties of Nitronic® 30 Stainless Steel. For most common forms and exceptions, check out the datasheet linked underneath the table.

UTS ksi (MPa) 0.2% YS ksi (MPa) Elong. in 2 in., % Rockwell Hardness
110 (758) 55 (379) 50 95B

UTS = Ultimate Tensile Strength, YS = Yield Strength

Link to Cleveland Cliffs' datasheet on Nitronic® 30

Effect of Cold Work on Ferrite Number

Unlike the other Nitronic alloys, N30 will undergo magnetic transformation due to cold reduction. This magnetism is the result of forming deformation martensite with cold work. This martensite increases the strength, work hardening rate, and abrasion resistance of the alloy.

% Cold Work Ferrite Number*
0 0
10 3
20 10
30 21
40 27

*As determined from a Ferritescope by Fisher Technology. The Ferritescope measures the % magnetic phase. Ferrite Number is therefore proportional to the amount of martensite present.

Effect of Cold Reduction on N30
Effect of Cold Reduction on N30
Typical engineering stress strain curves for N30
Typical Engineering Stress-Strain Curves

Wear Resistance

N30 has outstanding corrosive wear resistance under many different siding codintions. The stainless steels as a class are much more abrasion resistant than abrasion resistant (AR) steels under even mildly corrosive conditions. N30 is more cost effective than Types 409 and 304, which are typically used in wet abrasive applications.

Corrosive Wear of Alloy and Stainless Steels - fig 3
Corrosive Wear of Alloy and Stainless Steels - fig 3
Corrosive Wear of Alloy and Stainless Steels - fig 4
Corrosive Wear of Alloy and Stainless Steels - fig 4

Corrosion Resistance

N30 stainless steel exhibits good corrosion resistance to a variety of media. Pitting resistance, as measured by tests in 10% FeCl3 solution, is better than Type 304. In sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid, N30 is much better than Types 409 and 410 and approaches Type 304 in more dilute solutions. Atmospheric corrosion resistance is shown in Figure 5.

N30 vs 304 corrosion protection comparison
N30 vs 304 corrosion protection comparison


Early experience with stainless shows good welding characteristics. It can be fusion welded with the usual arc welding processes employed for austenitic stainless steels. N30 provides superior ductility and toughness, as well as resistance to weld cracking without the need for preheating or postheating, as most martensitic and heavy gauge ferritic stainless steels require. A small quantity of ferrite will form in autogenous N30 stainless welds to minimize any hot cracking sensitivity. Arc welding parameters more closely approximate those of the other NITRONIC grades (e.g., slower weld travel, hotter shielding gas for GTAW - Ar + 5% H2 or He), rather than the standard austenitic stainless steels. Standard AWS austenitic stainless fillers or the newly included AWS A5.9 and A5.4 Nitronic fillers (209, 240, 218, 219) can be selected for any particular application.

Effect of Temp. on the Impact Toughness of N30, 304, 409
Effect of Temp on the Impact Toughness of N30, 304, 409


Link to Cleveland Cliffs' datasheet on Nitronic® 30

Nitronic® is a registered trademark of Cleveland-Cliffs Steel Corp, successor to AK Steel.

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