Kanthal APMT is an advanced powder metallurgical, dispersion strengthened, ferritic iron-chromium-aluminium alloy (FeCrAlMo alloy) recommended for continuous use up to 1250°C (2280°F) in oxidizing and reducing environments.
Kanthal APMT has high creep strength and excellent form stability up to 1300°C. Kanthal APMT forms a protective and non-scaling Al2O3 surface oxide when exposed to high temperature, which gives good protection in most furnace and combustion environments, i.e. oxidizing, sulphidizing and carburizing, as well as against attacks from deposits of coke, ash, etc. The combination of excellent oxidation properties and form stability makes the alloy unique.
The superior resistance of Kanthal APMT to oxidation and carburization makes it very suitable for high temperature construction applications in various atmospheres.
- Radiation tubes for electrical and gas heated furnaces
- Retorts and muffles for heat treatment and high-temperature sintering of powder metallurgical components
- Shielding tubes
- Burner components, nozzles and flame detectors
- Load carriers, furnace furniture and load carrying trays
- Radiant cracker tubes in ethylene furnaces
- Uncooled components in coal, gas, and biofuel fired power plants
- Thermocouple protection tubes in power plants and high temperature petrochemical processes
Values and diagrams are representative for all product forms in delivery condition unless otherwise stated. Values presented in imperial units are interpolated from tests made in SI-units.
Forms of supply
|Form||Dimensions (mm)||Dimensions (inch)|
|Plate||width||≤ 1200||≤ 47,24|
|thickness||3 - 20||0.12 - 0.79|
|Extruded tubes||Outer dia.||26 - 260||1.05 - 10.24|
|Wall thick.||2.87 - 11.0||0.11 - 0.43|
|length**||3000 - 13000||118.11 - 511.81|
|Cold Rolled Strip*||width||≤ 205||≤ 8.07|
|thickness||0.2 - 3||0.01 - 0.12|
|Wire||Ø||0.2 - 9.5||0.01 - 0.37|
|Rod||Ø||5.5 - 12||0.22 - 0.47|
|Round bar||Ø||≤ 100||≤ 3.94|
|Length||≤ 4500||≤ 177.17|
|Forging blanks||width||≤ 500||≤ 19.69|
|thickness||35 - 170||1.38 - 6.69|
|length**||≤ 3000||≤ 118.11|
|Square bar||ф||≤ 150||≤ 5.91|
|length||≤ 4500||≤ 177.17|
Other sizes and forms can be discussed on request
*) Cold rolled strip can be delivered as cut to length products
**) Length depending on cross section
|C %||Si %||Mn %||Mo %||Cr %||Al %||Fe %|
Structure is ferritic with typical average grain size 30-50mm in delivery state. Grains are typically elongated in the long direction in wire and bar and are generally extended in the plane of flat products. Some product forms are subject to a secondary recrystallization after exposure to temperature exceeding 1000°C that typically leads to long and flat grains with length or width up to a few hundred µm.
|Polished and etched micrograph, from 8 mm hot rolled plate, delivery state||TEM section showing grain boundaries and particle dispersion|
|Electrical resistivity at 20°C Ω mm2/m||1.40|
Temperature factor of resistivity, Ct
Coefficient of thermal expansion
Thermal Expansion (x10-6) [°C-1]
Thermal Expansion (x10-6) [°F-1]
20 - 250
20 - 500
20 - 750
20 - 1000
20 - 1250
Specific heat capacity
Specific Heat Capacity
Specific Heat Capacity
|Melting point||1500°C (2732°F)|
|Magnetic properties||Ferromagnetic, Curie point approximately 600°C (1112°F)|
|Emissivity - fully oxidized material Ɛ||0.70|
Note: All values shown in Imperial Units are extrapolated
Tensile properties at room temperature 20°C (68°F)
|510-600 (74-87)||725-780 (105-113)||10-25||250|
Note: Material in heavy sections generally has higher tensile strength and lower elongation values
Mechanical properties at elevated temperature
All values are representative average values in delivery condition. The samples are taken in the longitudinal direction from tube and in length and cross directions on hot rolled plate.
The graph shows Charpy-V results tested on heating. Standard samples were machined from 12 mm hot rolled plate. A transition from low to high absorption energy regime occurs at ~200°C (390°F). Similar behaviour exists for other product forms in relatively heavy section, like extruded tube.
|Temperature °C (°F)||Tensile strength|
|600 (1112)||420 (61)|
|800 (1472)||120 (17)|
|1000 (1832)||42 (6)|
Hot tensile test - Gleeble test (deformation rate ~1 s-1)
|Time||Temperature/ Stress (MPa)|
1% elongation data are calculated from minimum strain rate data. In general, there is an initial amount of primary creep in the order of 0,3 - 1% depending on product form, temperature and stress level. Total elongation to rupture depends on temperature and stress but is typically in the order of 3 to 12% where the lower range is representative for low stress levels.
|Time||Temperature/ Stress (MPa)|
Creep rupture data are representative average values for tube, bar and hot rolled plate based on creep tests performed within the time and temperature range indicated by the length of the solid lines in the diagrams (test times less than 50 000 hours). It should be pointed out, that component lifetime on thinner sections may be limited by oxidation/corrosion rather than creep rupture at low stress levels and long exposure times as indicated by the shaded area in the tables. 10 000 hour rupture compared to some other alloys are given in diagram.
Creep rupture stress
Secondary creep rate
High Temperature Oxidation and Corrosion Properties
Kanthal APMT exhibits excellent high temperature corrosion properties due to the spontaneous formation of a thin layer of aluminium oxide (Al2O3) that protects the base material from corrosion attack. The most important properties of the scale are summarized below:
- Thermodynamically stable – forms also in protective atmospheres at very low dew points
- Inert – once formed, it is very stable with respect to chemical reactions
- Dense – forms a very effective barrier against carbon diffusion and penetration from contaminants
- Thin – very small amounts of aluminium is consumed to form and maintain the scale which results in very long oxidation life time
- Adherent – resistant to spallation during thermal cycling
The oxidation resistance of Kanthal APMT is superior to that of Ni-base and high alloyed austenitic chromia forming alloys due to its alumina protection. It gives less scale spallation, and alumina is, in contrast to chromia, not sensitive to emit volatiles in humid atmospheres.
Kanthal APMT is recommended for service in air and in most oxidizing and reducing gases up to 1250°C (2280°F) which is approximately 100°C (180°F)higher than that of the best performing chromia forming alloys. For shorter periods, temperature up to 1300°C (2372°F) is acceptable without substantial detrimental effects.
Corrosion resistance in dry N2 or H2/N2 is very good when DP is higher than -25°C (-13°F). Below this level of water content, the alloy might be susceptible to nitriding in certain situations.
The figure below shows mass change during intermittent oxidation in air at 1100°C. After an initial period, cycle times were approximately 100 hours. Kanthal APMT shows a sub-parabolic weight gain, while the oxide scale on the Fe25Cr35Ni alloy starts to flake after less than 24 hours.
Oxidation limited lifetime
Oxidation limited lifetime is determined by the gradual consumption of Al within the alloy. The protective alumina scale breaks down after extended time at high temperature when the level of Al has reached beween 1 and 3wt% depending on temperature and thermal cycling. Comparative oxidation lifetime may be estimated according to ASTM B78-81. The test is performed on Ø 0,7 mm wire and results are shown in the diagram for APMT and some other high temperature alloys.
The formation of a protective alumina scale gives Kanthal APMT superior resistance to carburization compared to chromia forming alloys.
In the figure below the average depth of carburization was calculated based on total loss of material during the test.
Pre-oxidation treatment results in a protective ~1 µm thick alumina scale that is ideal for further exposure in corrosive environments. Recommended pre-oxidation parameters are 8 hours at 1050°C. Cooling rate: 50°C/h down to 500°C followed by air cooling.
Stress relieve can be made after further forming processing or welding. Recommended parameters are 30 minutes at 875° in air. Cooling rate: 100°C/h down to 500°C followed by air cooling.
Kanthal APMT is ductile at room temperature with elongation to rupture between 10 and 25% depending on product form. Since room temperature impact strength is comparatively low, we recommend nevertheless that plastic deformation is performed using a preheating to T≥250°C (480°F) when possible.
Bending over edge with radius give less localised stress compared to V-bending and is preferred when possible. Using V-bending, preheating is generally needed.
For plates and strip the edge bending radius Rmin ≥ 2t is generally possible.
For tubes, inductive bending with heating to 875°C is recommended. Normally no stress relieving heat treatment is necessary after the bending process. Minimum radius of bending, with acceptable change of wall thickness ± 10 %, can be calculated from
Rmin = 3 O.D.
Where O.D. is the outer diameter of tube and radius of bending is defined from the centreline of the tube.
To be added
Recommendations are for guidance only, and the suitability of a material for a specific application can be confirmed only when the actual service conditions are known. Continuous development may necessitate changes in welding technical data without notice.
The most commonly used method for joining APMT is conventional TIG/GTAW-welding. Laser welding is also used successfully and gives excellent weld joints and small HAZ. Alternative joining methods like brazing and mechanical joining like riveting and threading has been tested and may be useful for certain applications and has the advantage that the strengthening particle dispersion remains intact.
For TIG/GTAW welding, wire Ø1.6 or 2.4mm may be used. Ø1.6 mm is recommended for the root pass and for subsequent passes 1.6 or 2.4 mm can be used.
The recommended joint preparation for welding TIG/GTAW with material thickness between 5 and 20 mm can be seen in the figure.
|a) Joint preparation with dimensions. Reccomended welding settings.||b) Welding can best be done without root gap.|
|Current(A)||Voltage(V)||Current type(polarity)||Shielding gas||Gas flow(l/min)||Root gas||Root gasFlow (l/min)|
Preheat to 250 ± 50 °C (480 ±90°F) is recommended. If possible, preheating with open flame/torch should be avoided, or if the only option, be performed by personnel experienced in welding APMT due to the difficulties of attaining an even temperature distribution on the weld area.
If necessary, reheating of the weld area should be performed in order to maintain the temperature of the weld at minimum 200°C (390°F) during the welding procedure.
Post weld heat treatment - PWHT
A post weld stress relieve has to be carried out directly after welding. The weld is not allowed to cool below 200°C (390°F) before the post weld heat treatment is performed. For parameters, see heat treatment. We recommend a combined stress relieve and pre-oxidization of the weld area in conjunction with the post weld heat treatment in case of APMT to APMT welding.
Initial cleaning and post weld cleaning
Degreasing of the joint faces should be done prior to welding. Post weld cleaning can
be done mechanically by stainless steel brush.
When welding APMT to other materials, APMT is usually the more sensitive of the two materials and the welding can be carried out as when welding APMT to APMT.
Recommended welding consumables for APMT towards some common alloys
|Kanthal APMT||Kanthal APMT|
|Ni-base alloys, 600, 601||Sandvik 25.20L|
|High alloy autenitic stainless steel, 310, 353MA, 253MA, 800, HK40, HP||Sandvik 25.20L|
|Austenitic stainless steel, 304, 316, 347||Sandvik 308L|
|Ferritic stainless steels, 409, 430, 446||Kanthal APMT|
|Carbon and low alloy steel||Kanthal APMT|
Retained strength in the weld
Kanthal APMT is an advanced powder metallurgical dispersion strengthened alloy and welding will have a negative impact on the mechanical and high temperature creep properties of the material. The reason is the disruption of the grain structure and the distribution of the dispersion. Representative data from creep strength of TIG welds made with Kanthal APMT filler can be seen in the diagram. For example, at 1000°C (1830°F), the weld rupture strength can be compared to unaffected material at 1100°C (2010°F).
These guidelines/recommendations take oxidation and corrosion properties during prolonged exposure to high temperature into consideration. Therefore our recommendations may differ from traditional welding recommendations used in construction welding. For further advice, contact your local Sandvik Heating Technology sales representative.
The machinability of Kanthal APMT is comparable to that of forged or rolled ferritic steels. The cutting speed however, normally needs to be reduced compared to standard grades. A starting point for optimization to approximately half is recommended in order to control the tool temperature. For most machining operations, standard emulsion based coolants can be used. An exception is gun drilling operations, in which case neat oil gives less tool wear.