AISI-SAE Standard Lists: Structural and Constructional Steels, Stainless and Heat Resisting Steels a


The SAE system uses a basic four-digit system to designate the chemical composition of carbon and alloy steels. The first digit (1), of this designation indicates a carbon steel; i.e., carbon steels comprise 1xxx groups in the SAE-AISI system and are subdivided into four categories due to the variance in certain fundamental properties among them.

For many years, certain grades of carbon and alloy steels have been designated by a four-digit AISE/SAE numerical index system that identified the grades according to standard chemical compositions. Since the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) ceased writing material specifications, the relationship between AISI and grade designations has been discontinued. From point of edition of the 1995 Iron and Steel Society (ISS) Strip Steel Manual, the four-digit designations are referred to solely as SAE Designations.

The following article gives information on lists of standards relating to the following material categories:

  • Group of standards for structural and constructional steels
  • Group of standards for stainless and heat resisting steels
  • Group of standards for steel castings

For more information on the AISI-SAE designation system see our related article: Introduction to the AISI-SAE Designation System.

The list of standards below covers a wide range of materials and applications a few of which are:

  • Pressure vessel plates, carbon steel with low and Intermediate tensile strength
  • Seamless and welded ferritic and martensitic stainless steel tubing for general service
  • High strength steel for application in the construction industry

Structural and Constructional Steels

Description Status
A 1008/A 1008M 2009 Steel, Sheet, Cold-Rolled, Carbon, Structural, High-Strength Low-Alloy, High-Strength Low-Alloy with Improved Formability, Solution Hardened, and Bake Hardenable  
A 1011/A 1011M 2009 Steel, Sheet and Strip, Hot-Rolled, Carbon, Structural, High-Strength Low-Alloy, High-Strength Low-Alloy with Improved Formability, and Ultra-High Strength  
A 1018/A 1018M 2008 Steel, Sheet and Strip, Heavy-Thickness Coils, Hot-Rolled, Carbon, Commercial, Drawing, Structural, High-Strength Low-Alloy, High-Strength Low-Alloy with Improved Formability, and Ultra-High Strength Steel  
A 1020/A 1020M 2007 Steel Tubes, Carbon and Carbon Manganese, Fusion Welded, for Boiler, Superheater, Heat Exchanger and Condenser Applications  
A 1031 2005 Steel, Sheet and Strip, Heavy-Thickness Coils, Alloy, Drawing Steel and Structural Steel, Hot-Rolled  
A 1043/A 1043M 2005 Structural Steel with Low Yield to Tensile Ratio for Use in Buildings  
A 108 2007 Steel Bar, Carbon and Alloy, Cold-Finished  
A 109/A 109M 2008 Steel, Strip, Carbon (0.25 Maximum Percent), Cold-Rolled  
A 131/A 131M 2008 Structural Steel for Ships  
A 21 2003 Carbon Steel Axles, Non-Heat-Treated and Heat-Treated, for Railway Use  
A 242/A 242M   High-Strength Low-Alloy Structural Steel  
A 285/A 285M 2007 Pressure Vessel Plates, Carbon Steel, Low- and Intermediate-Tensile Strength  
A 308/A 308M 2006 Steel Sheet, Terne (Lead-Tin Alloy) Coated by the Hot-Dip Process  
A 311/A 311M 2004 Cold-Drawn, Stress-Relieved Carbon Steel Bars Subject to Mechanical Property Requirements  

Stainless Steel

Description Status
A 1028 2009 Stainless Steel Bars for Compressor and Turbine Airfoils  
A 167 2009 Stainless and Heat-Resisting Chromium-Nickel Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip  
A 176 2009 Stainless and Heat-Resisting Chromium Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip  
A 177 1989 High-Strength Stainless and Chromium-Nickel Steel Sheet and Strip  
A 213/A 213M 2009 Seamless Ferritic and Austenitic Alloy-Steel Boiler, Superheater, and Heat-Exchanger Tubes  
A 263 2009 Stainless Chromium Steel-Clad Plate  
A 264 2009 Stainless Chromium-Nickel Steel-Clad Plate  
A 268/A 268M 2005 Seamless and Welded Ferritic and Martensitic Stainless Steel Tubing for General Service  
A 269 2008 Seamless and Welded Austenitic Stainless Steel Tubing for General Service  


Description Status
A 128/A 128M 2007 Steel Castings, Austenitic Manganese  
A 148/A 148M 2008 Steel Castings, High Strength, for Structural Purposes  
A 216/A 216M 2008 Steel Castings, Carbon, Suitable for Fusion Welding, for High-Temperature Service  
A 297/A 297M 2008 Steel Castings, Iron-Chromium and Iron-Chromium-Nickel, Heat Resistant, for General Application  
A 352/A 352M 2006 Steel Castings, Ferritic and Martensitic, for Pressure-Containing Parts, Suitable for Low-Temperature Service  
A 353/A 353M 2009 Pressure Vessel Plates, Alloy Steel, 9 Percent Nickel, Double-Normalized and Tempered  

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