Stainless Steel 348

Principal Design Features

Similar to 321 stainless, 348 uses columbium/ tantalum as stabilizing elements to maximize its principal feature: resistance to intergranular corrosion. It can be used in applications requiring repeated heating in the range of 800 and 1650 F (427-899 C).


348 has low tantalum and cobalt and is employed in a variety of nuclear applications.


Slightly tougher than 304 stainless, this material will produce the same tough stringy chips. The use of slow speeds and constant positive feeds will minimize this alloy’s tendency to work harden.


348 may be welded by all commonly used fusion and resistance methods. Oxyacetylene welding is not recommended. When necessary, use AWS E/ER348 filler metal.

Hot Working

Working temperatures of 2100-2250 F (1149-1232 C) are recommended for forging, upsetting and other hot work processes. Do not work this alloy at temperatures below 1700 F ( 927 C). Material must be water quenched or fully annealed after working to reattai

Cold Working

Although this material requires higher initial forces than 304 stainless, it is quite tough and ductile and can be readily stamped, blanked, spun and drawn.


1850-2000 F (1010-1093 C), water quench. This procedure will result in maximum ductility. For maximum corrosion resistance, see the note on stabilizing anneal under corrosion.


This alloy does not harden by heat treating. Elevated properties may only be obtained through cold reduction.

Density: 0.29

Specific Gravity: 8.03

Specific Heat: 0.12

Electrical Resistivity: 438

Melting Point: 2600

MoETensile: 28


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