DIN ES ISO 3506-1: 1997 specifies the mechanical properties of bolts, screws and nuts made of austenitic (amongst others) stainless steels, when tested over an ambient temperature range of 15ºC to 25ºC.

Midland Bright Steels supplies a range of material that enable fastener manufacturers and others to produce products that meet or exceed the properties required in the above standard. Material to meet the properties of A4-80 is one element of our product range.

The designation A4-80 derives from “A” meaning the material is a cold worked austenitic stainless, divided into 5 grades (1-5, hence the “4”) according to material characteristics (see Annex B of DIN ES ISO 3506-1: 1997 for full description of each grade). The “80” denotes the minimum tensile strength to be met by the material (actually the bolt, screw or nut after manufacture).

Therefore, A4-80 is an austenitic, acid proof stainless grade (usually 316 material – 316 or 316L) which has been cold worked to provide a minimum tensile strength of 800N/mm² (MPa).


The standard molybdenum-bearing grade is grade 316. The molybdenum gives 316 better overall corrosion resistant properties and has resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion in a range of atmospheric environments and chloride and other corrosive media. Stress corrosion cracking starts above about 60ºC. 316 is considered resistant to potable water with up to about 1000mg/L chlorides at ambient temperatures, reducing to about 500mg/L at 60ºC. It has good oxidation resistance in intermittent service to 870ºC and in continuous service to 925ºC. Continuous use of 316 in the 425-860ºC range is not recommended if subsequent aqueous corrosion resistance is important. Grade 316L is more resistant to carbide precipitation and can be used in the above temperature range. Grade 316H has higher strength at elevated temperatures and is sometimes used for structural and pressure-containing applications at temperatures above about 500ºC.

It has excellent forming and welding characteristics. Grade 316L, the low carbon version of 316 and is immune from sensitization (grain boundary carbide precipitation). Grade 316H, with its higher carbon content has application at elevated temperatures, as does stabilized grade 316Ti. However please note that DIN ES ISO 3506-1: 1997 does not apply to screws with special properties, such as weldability.

The austenitic structure also gives these grades excellent toughness, even down to cryogenic temperatures.

Heat Treatment is by solution annealing – Heat to 1010-1120ºC and cool rapidly. These grades cannot be hardened by thermal treatment. Cold working (normally drawing) produces enhanced levels of tensile strength. All austenitic stainless steel fasteners are normally non-magnetic in the annealed condition. However, after cold working, some magnetic properties may be evident. – A4-80 has a μ of 1.015.

It is common for 316 and 316L to be stocked in “Dual Certified” form. These items have chemical and mechanical properties complying with both 316 and 316L specifications.

Chemical Composition

See table below for A4-80 material chemical composition (standard chemical compositions for a range of 316 stainless steels is also given for information).


  1. The final choice of chemical composition is a t the discretion of the manufacturer
  2. Where the carbon content is restricted to a maximum of 0.3% (to provide better resistance to chlorine induced intergranular stress corrosion), minimum nickel content is increased and nitrogen may be present to a maximum of 0.22% – see below A4-80 ISO².
  3. At the discretion of the manufacturer, the carbon content may be higher, to a maximum of 0.12%.
Grade C Si Mn P S Cr Mo Ni Cu N
A4-80 Min 16.0 2.0 10.5
ISO Max 0.08 1.00 2.00 0.045 0.03 18.5 3.0 14.0 1.0
A4-80 Min 16.0 2.0 11.5 0.12
ISO² Max 0.03 1.00 2.00 0.045 0.03 18.5 3.0 14.0 1.0 0.22
316 Min 0 16.0 2.00 10.0
Max 0.08 0.75 2.0 0.045 0.03 18.0 3.00 14.0 0.10
316L Min 16.0 2.00 10.0
Max 0.03 0.75 2.0 0.045 0.03 18.0 3.00 14.0 0.10
316H Min 0.04 0 0.04 16.0 2.00 10.0
Max 0.10 0.75 0.10 0.045 0.03 18.0 3.00 14.0


Mechanical Properties

 The mechanical properties of bolts, screws and studs shall conform to the values below. For comparison, the “normal” mechanical properties of 316 stainless are given for information.

Note: for fasteners with a nominal thread diameter of >24 mm, the mechanical properties are to be agreed between the user and manufacturer.

Grade Tensile Strength (MPa) min Yield Strength
0.2% Proof
(MPa) min
(% in 50mm) min
Rockwell B (HR B) max
Brinell (HB) max
A4-80 800 600 30 Not required Not required
316 515 205 40 95 217
316L 485 170 40 95 217
316H 515 205 40 95 217

Note: – see annex F of DIN ES ISO 3506-1: 1997 where loads may fluctuate and operating periods at elevated temperatures are extensive, or where products will operate for continuous periods at low temperatures.

On request we can produce material with a tensile strength of over 1000 MPa (suitable after head forging to stress relieve and still achieve above 800 MPa).

Physical Properties

 Typical physical properties for 316 grade stainless steels:

Grade Density
Elastic Modulus (GPa) Mean Co-eff of Thermal Expansion (μm/m/°C)
Thermal Conductivity (W/m.K)
Specific Heat
0-100 °C (J/kg.K)
Elec Resistivity (nΩ.m)
0-100 °C 0-315 °C 0-538 °C
At 100 °C At 500 °C
316/L/H 8000 193
15.9 16.2 17.5
16.3 21.5
500 740

Stock availability by size grade

The following sizes and grades are available and in stock:

6mm 8mm 3/8 10mm 12mm 1/2 13mm 9/16 5/8 16mm
18mm 3/4 20mm 7/8 24mm 1 1.1/8 30mm 1.1/2