Operation Fields of Inconel 600 Wire

The inconel alloy 600 comprises of basic elements nickel, chromium and iron is primarily employed for engineering applications in which resistance to heat and corrosion is widely required. The inconel alloy offers superior mechanical characteristics and provides adequate blend of superior force and workability. The chemical composition of inconel 600 wire is provided below:

Nickel 72.0 %
Chromium 14.0-17.0 %
Iron 6.00-10.00 %
Carbon 0.15 %
Manganese 1.00 %
Sulfur 0.015 %
Silicon 0.50 %
Copper 0.50 %

The large concentration of nickel provides superior resistance to corrosion to the different organic and inorganic compounds and makes the material isolated to the chloride ion stress corrosion cracking. The chromium content offers resistance to sulfur compounds and also offers resistance to the oxidizing conditions at the elevated temperatures and corrosive conditions. The inconel 600 wire is not easily precipitation to hardenable. The wire can be hardened and forced only by cold processing.

The flexibility of inconel alloy 600 has made it using in the different operations on the base of temperatures at the cryogenic temperatures of 2000oF or 1095oC. The alloy is utilized in the chemical operations for its high potential and resistance to corrosion. The alloy’s operations include the heaters, bubble towers and condensers for treatment of fatty acids, tube sheets and abietic acid treatment systems. The robustness of alloy is also used in the retorts, muffles, roller hearths and furnaces and heat processing baskets. In the aerospace industry, inconel 600 wire is used in the different kinds of engines and airframe parts that can adhere in the high temperature ranges. For example lockwire, exhaust lines and turbine engines.

The inconel alloy 600 is utilized in the electronic applications like cathode ray tubes, thyratron and springs. The alloy is the vital material of building for nuclear reactors. The wire has superior resistance to corrosion to the high purity water and no sign of chloride iron stress corrosion cracking in the water devices.

In the nuclear operations the alloy is made by following the specific composition and designed as inconel 600T alloy. The physical properties of inconel 600 wire  are provided below:

Density 8.47 Mg/m3
Melting Range 1354-1413oC or 2470-2575oF
Specific Heat 444 J/kg-oC
Electrical Resistivity 1.03 μΩ-m
Curie Temperature -124oC or -192oF
Permeability at 200 oersted 1.010

The thermal properties of alloy inconel 600 wire are given as following:



Coefficient of


A 10(-6)in/in•°F






Btu•in/ft 2•h•°F


Heat Btu/lb•°F

-250 6.0 86 0.073
-200 6.3 89 0.079
-100 6.7 93 0.090
70 5.8 620 103 0.106
200 7.4 625 109 0.111
400 7.7 634 121 0.116
600 7.9 644 133 0.121
800 8.1 657 145 0.126


The modulus of elasticity in tension at the different temperature ranges is also provided in the below table:



Young Modulus,10(3) ksi Shear Modulus,10(3) ksi Poisson’s Ratio
72 31.1 11.72 0.327
200 30.5 11.56 0.319
400 29.7 11.32 0.312
600 28.8 11.02 0.307
800 27.8 10.68 0.301

Isha Changotra has wide experience in metals industry and is working for a renowned super alloys manufacturer located in China and United States. With extensive insight in metals and high performance super alloys, she aims to provide most useful information for folks engaged under this niche.

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