13-8 PH is a martensitic precipitation-hardening stainless steel. This alloy is double melted in a Vacuum Induction Furnace (VIM) followed by Consumable Electrode Vacuum Melt (CEVM or VAR); or in some cases, 2nd melt is by Electroslag Remelting (ESR) as specified by consumer. It exhibits excellent strength, high hardness, superior toughness, and good corrosion resistance. Good transverse toughness properties are achieved by tight chemical composition control, low carbon content, and vacuum melting. 13-8 PH steel provides a wide range of properties through a single precipitation hardening heat treatment. It is weldable; inert gas shielding with Helium is preferred. Corrosion resistance is similar to 304 Stainless, with greatest resistance in the fully hardened conditions.
Service Steel Aerospace is the largest U.S. stocking distributor of 13-8 PH stainless steel. It is available predominantly in Bars, Wire, Forgings, Rings and Extrusions per AMS 5629. It is also available in Sheet and Plate.
13-8 PH stainless steel is typically used in the following applications:
Used primarily for parts requiring corrosion resistance, stress-corrosion, and high strength 600°F (316°C), with good ductility and strength in transverse direction for
- Aerospace components
- Injection molding equipment
- Waterjet cutting equipment
- Petrochemical industries
- Nuclear industries