We have to use SS-304 seamless pipes for liquid ammonia at 20 kg pressure. We have gotten spectral analysis of SS-304 pipes. Besides the components as mentioned in ASTM standard, we have found copper content to the tune of 0.50% to 0.96% in different samples. We want to confirm whether we can use these pipes for liquid ammonia application where the ASTM Standard does not mention copper content in SS-304.
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Brian Dalder Forum Moderator 177 Posts
Re: Is it normal to have elements in an alloy that are not listed in the specs?25 May 2010 at 1:29pmIt is common to find small amounts of elements in an alloy such as 304 stainless steel that are not listed in the specification. This is due to the use of scrap as one of the raw materials for stainless steel, which is the industry practice. How much unlisted material is allowed depends on the specific product form and standard specification used. Generally, unlisted elements cannot be at level high enough that would cause the alloy to "become a different alloy" or not meet other specifications like tensile strength, etc. The copper numbers seem a bit high but are unlikely to affect the performance of the 304 stainless steel in your application. To be more certain, you could always have some corrosion testing done on samples of this particular 304 stainless steel.