Alloy B-2 / UNS N10665


Alloy B-2 is a solid solution strengthened, nickel-molybdenum alloy typically used in extreme reducing conditions. Alloy B-2 has significantly lower carbon, silicon and iron compared to the predecessor, alloy B (UNS N10001). Compared to alloy B, alloy B-2 is less susceptible to weld zone corrosion in the as-welded condition. Controlling other alloying elements such as iron and chromium resolved potential issues with forming and shaping. Stringent chemistry control in the production of alloy B-2 allows the alloy to be used in the welded condition, and it is less susceptible to stress corrosion cracking under many conditions. Care must be taken in selecting the right alloy for the desired application. Alloy B-2 should not be used at temperatures between 1000°F and 1600°F as the alloy forms secondary phases that could decrease the ductility of the material.

Industries & Applications

Alloy B-2 is suitable for use in the chemical processing industry, specifically in areas where hydrochloric acid, phosphoric and sulfuric acid are used or processed. Alloy B-2 has also been used in the production of pharmaceuticals, acetic acid, alkylation of ethylene and herbicides. Typical end use applications include pumps, valves, mechanical seals, rupture discs, flanges, fittings, tanks and vessels.

Resistance to Corrosion

The high molybdenum content in alloy B-2 gives this alloy excellent resistance to hydrochloric acid over a wide range of concentrations and temperatures. Alloy B-2 also shows good resistance to hydrogen chloride, sulfuric acid and phosphoric acids and has excellent resistant to pitting and stress corrosion cracking in the heat affected zone. Uniform corrosion rates in various environments are similar compared to the other nickel-molybdenum alloys such as alloy B-3®. The presence of any oxidizing media, even in trace amounts, will significantly increase corrosion. Alloy B-2 should not be used in oxidizing media, as these alloys show little to no resistance in such environments.

Fabrication and Heat Treatment

Welding alloy B-2 can be performed by TIG, MIG and coated electrode. Dissimilar metal welding alloy B-2 to alloy B-3® is possible using AWS ERNiMo-10 for GTAW and GMAW operations and ENiMo-10 for SMAW welding. The work piece should be thoroughly cleaned with acetone or other suitable cleaners to ensure that all contaminants and markings are removed. Grinding prior to welding can be performed with a clean alumina wheel; not previously used on any iron-based materials. There is no need for pre or post heat treatment processes unless the work piece has been formed or welded. A full solution anneal before welding is required on pieces that have been formed. Hot working should be performed in a temperature range between 1700°F to 2250°F with heavy deformation performed toward the upper end of the range. Reheating of the work piece may be necessary. A full solution anneal should be performed on all hot-worked, welded and any cold-worked pieces with more than 15% deformation followed by a water quench. Solution annealing of alloy B-2 is performed at 1950°F for 30 minutes per inch thickness followed by a water quench. Subject material should be charged into a hot furnace and monitored closely for accurate time at temperature. Contact thermocouples are preferred.

Chemical Composition (%)

Nickel Molybdenum Iron Chromium Cobalt
Remainder 26.0 to 30.0 2.00 max 1.00 max 1.00 max
Manganese Silicon Phosphorus Sulfur Carbon
1.00 max 0.10 max 0.040 max 0.030 max 0.02 max


Applicable Specifications*

Form ASTM ASME Other
Bar B335, B5641 SB335, SB5641 DIN 17752, ISO 9723
Plate & Sheet B333 SB333 DIN 17750, ISO 6208
Welded Pipe B619, B775 SB619, SB775 DIN 17751
Seamless Pipe & Tube B622 SB622 DIN 17751, ISO 9722
Welded Tube B626 SB626 DIN 17751

1On diameters above 3.5", B564/SB564 is dual certified.
* EN10204-3.1 applies to all product forms.

Standard Products

Alloy B-2 Plate

Alloy B-2 Fittings

Alloy B-2 Tube

Alloy B-2 Pipe

Alloy B-2 Bar

Alloy B-2 Sheet

Alloy B-2 Fasteners

Alloy B-2 Flanges

Nickel Alloy Flanges

Alloy B-2 Welding Product

Alloy B-2 Coil

Alloy B-2 Plate Shapes

Alloy B-2 Custom Profiles

Alloy B-2 Forgings

Alloy B-2 Machined Parts

Alloy B-2 Welded Components