ASTM A353 Properties⚙️ (Chem., Mech. & Rankings) rev. 2022

In this post I'll talk about and give details about ASTM A353. First let's describe it and then have a look at its material's properties.

What is ASTM A353?

ASTM A353 is a Specification for Pressure Vessel Plates, Alloy Steel, Double-Normalized and Tempered 9% Nickel.


Steel Plates, Sheets, and Strip for Pressure Vessels


This specification covers double-normalized and tempered 9% nickel steel plates intended particularly for welded pressure vessels for cryogenic service.

Ok let's start with ASTM A353 chemical composition.

Chemical Composition

C max.


Mn max.


P max.


S max.



0.15 - 0.40


8.50 - 9.50

Learn more about chemical composition.

Now it's the mechanical properties turn:

Yield Strength

75 ksi (515 MPa) min. Yield strength

Learn more about what is yield strength.

Tensile Strength

100 - 120 ksi (690 - 825 MPa) min.

Learn more about what is tensile strength.

Elongation (min.) 50 mm


Learn more about what is elongation.

Reduction of Area (min. %)

Not Required.

Learn more about reduction of area.

Impact Requirements

To be made at -195°C and according to A20

Learn more about impact testing (charpy v notch).

Other properties:

Allowable Stress

Depends on the project (And its factor of safety).

Learn more about the what is allowable stress.

My Material's Rank

While engineers will often look for the cheapest material they can use, I took a different approach to material's selection to help newbie students.

I ranked materials according to their yield strengths and ASTM A353 currently ranks 26 in my yield strength index. This means there are other 25 materials that are more resistant.

Note: I've analysed 134 materials in order to create an yield strength index. Check my astm material's comparison post for more details.

ASTM Classroom

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Other References

A 20/A 20M Specification for General Requirements for⁣
Steel Plates for Pressure Vessels⁣
A 435/A 435M Specification for Straight-Beam Ultrasonic⁣
Examination of Steel Plates⁣
A 553/A 553M Specification for Pressure Vessel Plates,⁣
Alloy Steel, Quenched and Tempered 8 and 9% Nickel⁣
A 577/A 577M Specification for Ultrasonic Angle-Beam⁣
Examination of Steel Plates⁣
A 578/A 578M Specification for Straight-Beam Ultrasonic⁣
Examination of Rolled Steel Plates for Special Applications⁣



Materials: ASTM A353 Properties⚙️ (Chem., Mech. & Rankings) rev. 2022
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