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Written by Super User Hits: 1550 Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 07:54
Inventory Spotlight: 304H
Type Seamless & Welded Pipe Butt Weld Fittings Flanges & Pressure Fittings
Sizes 1/4" thru 16" 1/2" thru 12" All descriptions
Schedules 10, 40, 80, 160 & XXH 10, 40, 80, 160 & XXH All descriptions
ASTM Standards
Bar Butt Weld Fittings Forgings Pipe, Welded & Seamless Tube, Welded Tube, Seamless Plate
A 276, A479 A403 A182 A312 A249 A213 A240
Minimum Physical Properties
Tensile Strength Yield Strength Elongation Hardness
75 KSI / 515 MPA 30 KSI / 205 MPA 40% Min. RB 92 Max.
Chemical Composition (wt%)
C Mn P S Si Ni Cr Fe
0.04 - 0.10 2.00 Max 0.045 Max 0.03 Max 1.00 Max 8.0 - 11.0 18.0 - 20.0 Balance



304L is probably the world's most common stainless steel. The "L" stands for "Low" and refers to the carbon content. 0.035 percent is the maximum allowable carbon content in 304L grade. The "H" in 304H stands for "High" carbon content. 304H must contain not less than 0.04 percent carbon, nor more than 0.10 percent.

The higher carbon content of 304H increases its strength, so the ASTM tensile and yield strength of 304H is greater than 304L.

304H has greater short term and long term creep strength than 304L at temperatures up to 500 degrees C, and 304H is more resistant to sensitization than 304L.

In ASME pressure vessels for use above 525 degrees C, the carbon content of 304 stainless must be 4 percent or more. 304H is required in such applications.


304H is most commonly used in petroleum refineries. It is also found in boilers. Other applications include heat exchangers, condensers, pipelines, cooling towers, steam exhausts, and electric generation plants. On occasion it will also be found in fertilizer and chemical plants.

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