What is super duplex material?

Super duplex is ‘shorthand’ for a family of high-performance stainless steels designed around a 25% chromium content. As the duplex name suggests, this family of alloys have a microstructure made up from both austenitic and ferritic grains. This duplex nature provides their unique combination of physical and mechanical properties.

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History of Super Duplex Materials

The original duplex stainless steel was developed in Sweden for use in the sulfite paper industry. They were developed to combat corrosion problems common in that industry as a result of chloride-bearing cooling waters 

The original super duplex stainless steel, Ferralium 255, was developed by Langley Alloys in the 1960s. A number of other grades have subsequently been developed. Since then, there have been a number of developments in the material, including Super Duplex F61

The term was first used in the 1980s to describe highly alloyed, high-performance Duplex steel with a pitting resistance equivalent of >40 (based on Cr% + 3.3Mo% + 16N%). 

Practical Uses of Super Duplex Stainless Steel

Owing to its high level of chromium, this new type of duplex stainless steel provides superb resistance to acids, acid chloride and caustic solutions, as well as other environmental-damaging chemicals in the chemical/petrochemical, pulp and paper industries. Super duplex stainless steels feature superior stress corrosion than traditional duplex alloys, as well as better cracking and mechanical resistance than any other type of steel – including duplex alloys. 

Super duplex materials are typically used in applications such as pumps, valves, fasteners, pipework, connectors, plus oil and gas components in the petrochemical/chemical, pulp, and paper industries. 

Langley Alloys stocks the most complete range of super duplex material, including solid bars up to 16” (406.2mm) diameter, plate up to 3” thickness, plus access to pipes, flanges and fittings through our supply chain.

These are available in Ferralium 255 (UNS S32550, F61), SAF2507 (UNS S32750, F53) and S32760 (F55, Zeron 100).

Got any Questions? Get in Touch

As the creator of Super Duplex Stainless Steel, there is no better source of information about this family of alloys than Langley Alloys. 

For more information about super duplex materials, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding specifications and common applications.

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