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A580/A580M - Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Wire
This specification covers stainless steel wire, except the free-machining types. It includes round, square, octagon, hexagon, and shape wire in coils only for the more commonly used types of stainless steels for general corrosion resistance and high-temperature service. The steel specimens shall undergo the following conditions: (1) annealed as a final heat treatment; (2) cold worked to higher strength; (3) heat treated to an intermediate temper; or (4) heat treated to a hard temper by austenitizing, quenching, and tempering at a relatively low temperature. The materials shall be cold drawn, annealed, and pickled. The steel wires shall conform to the required chemical compositions of carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, nitrogen, and other elements such as niobium , vanadium, copper, tantalum, titanium and cobalt. Mechanical test shall be performed wherein in the steel specimens shall conform to the required values of tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation. The martensitic grades shall conform to the required values of hardness after heat treatment.
Section: Wire, Metal

A641/A641M - Standard Specification for Zinc–Coated (Galvanized) Carbon Steel Wire
This specification covers the soft, medium, and hard temper zinc-coated (galvanized) carbon steel wire in coils for general use. The steel shall be made by any commercially accepted steel making process. The material shall conform to the tensile strength requirements specified. The zinc-coated wire shall conform to the requirements for minimum weight of zinc coating of the specified class. Zinc-coated wire produced as “regular coating” shall have the full surface covered with zinc, but there is no specified minimum weight of coating. Adhesion tests shall be done.
Section: Wire

A653/A653M - Standard Specification for Steel Sheet, Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) or Zinc-Iron Alloy-Coated (Galvannealed) by the Hot-Dip Process
This specification covers steel sheet, zinc-coated (galvanized) or zinc-iron alloy-coated (galvannealed) by the hot-dip process in coils and cut lengths. The material is available in several designations as follows: commercial steel, forming steel, deep drawing steel, extra deep drawing steel, structural steel, high strength low alloy steel, high strength low alloy steel with improved formability, solution hardened steel, and bake hardenable steel. Structural steel, high strength low alloy steel, solution hardened steel, and bake hardenable steel are available in several grades based on mechanical properties. Yield strength, elongation, and bending properties of the steel shall be determined. A bend test shall be done to the coated sheets.
Section: Wire, Metal

A924 - Standard Specification for General Requirements for Steel Sheet, Metallic-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process
This specification covers the general requirements for steel sheet in coils and cut length, metallic-coated on continuous lines by the hot-dip process. This material is intended for applications requiring corrosion resistance. Hot-dip metallic coatings are available in six different types: zinc and zinc-iron alloy, lead-tin alloy, aluminum, aluminum-zinc alloy, zinc-aluminum alloy, and zinc-aluminum-magnesium alloy. Heat analysis shall be made to determine the percentage of carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, and other elements specified. Product analysis and coating analysis shall also be done. Mechanical properties shall be determined by tension tests. The following are tests for coating properties: coating weight test and coating bend test. There are two methods that shall be used for coating weight test: weigh-strip-weigh method and X-ray fluorescence method.
Section: Wire, Metal

B136 - Standard Method for Measurement of Stain Resistance of Anodic Coatings on Aluminum
This specification covers measurement of strain resistance of anodic coatings on aluminium and its alloys, that have undergone a sealing treatment and contact with an acidic solution, are stainproof or nonadsorptive with respect to dyes. The method comprises contacting the test area of the anodized specimen with nitric acid solution and, after rinsing and drying, applying a special dye solution followed by rinsing and rubbing the test area with pumice powder, drying, and visual examination of the test area for retention of dye stain. Coatings that exhibit no dye stain or change in color are considered to have passed the test. Reagent grade chemicals shall be used in all tests. A specified solution of nitric acid shall be prepared in distilled or deionized water. A specified volume of aluminium blue 2WL dye shall be dissolved in distilled or deionized water.
Section: Extrude

B152/B152M - Standard Specification for Copper Sheet, Strip, Plate, and Rolled Bar
This standard covers the requirements for copper sheet, strip, plate, and rolled bar produced from copper with the following UNS Nos.; C10100, C10200, C10300, C10400, C10500, C10700, C10800, C10910, C11000, C11300, C11400, C11600, C12000, C12200, C12300, C14200, C14420, and C14530. Chemical composition shall conform to the chemical requirements pertaining to the materials UNS No. Tempering of materials shall be done by hot-rolling, cold rolling, and annealing. Copper material shall meet the maximum limit of electrical resistivity as indicated. The material shall undergo tensile strength, Rockwell hardness, and plate item tests to conform with the mechanical proptery requirement of the specification. The material shall also be capable of passing microscopical examination and embrittlement test, but not required by the specification.
Section: Metal

B29 - Standard Specification for Refined Lead
This specification covers refined lead in pig, block, or hog forms. Lead shall be supplied in commercial standard forms or shapes requested by the purchaser in the following grades: low-bismuth low-silver pure lead, refined pure lead, pure lead, and chemical copper lead. All grades shall be manufactured by any smelting and refining process from ore or recycled materials to meet the specified chemical composition requirements. Chemical analysis samples shall be cleaned thoroughly to rid the surface of dirt or adhering foreign material either by sawing, drilling, or melting prior to sampling, and shall be selected either from the lot during casting, or from the final solidified cast product.
Section: Extrude

B69 - Standard Specification for Rolled Zinc
This specification covers two types of commercial rolled zinc. Type I are coils or sheets cut from strip rolled zinc, and Type II are zinc plates such as boiler and hull plates produced by any rolling method. The products shall be produced by casting, rolling, and other processes found in mill product plant. The material shall be tested and conform to the required chemical composition. The testing of wrought zinc for determination of tensile properties shall be conducted. The testing of zinc for hardness shall be made on a Rockwell superficial hardness tester or on a microhardness tester. The determination of chemical composition shall be performed by either an appropriate chemical method or by optical emission spectrographic methods.
Section: Metal

B209 - Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Sheet and Plate
This specification covers aluminum and aluminum-alloy flat sheet, coiled sheet, and plate, in the alloys (Note 1) and tempers shown in Tables 2 and 3, and in the following finishes...
Section: Metal

B221-14 - Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Extruded Bars, Rods, Wire, Profiles, and Tubes
This specification covers extruded bars, rods, wires, profiles, and tubes made from aluminum and aluminum alloys. All the products should be produced by hot extrusion or similar methods. The chemical composition of each material is determined in accordance with the specified suitable chemical and spectrochemical test methods. Samples for chemical analysis should be taken when the ingots are poured or from the finished or semi-finished products by drilling, sawing, milling, turning, or clipping. Tensile properties, elongation, and yield strengths of each product should conform to the requirements listed herein. Elongation requirements are not applicable for materials with sizes smaller than the specified limits.
Section: Metal, Extrude

B244 - Standard Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Anodic Coatings on Aluminum and of Other Nonconductive Coatings on Nonmagnetic Basis Metals with Eddy-Current Instruments
The thickness of a coating is often critical to its performance. This eddy-current method is nondestructive and is suitable for measuring the thickness of anodic coatings on aluminum, as well as the thickness of most nonconductive coatings on nonmagnetic basis metals. This test method requires that the conductivity of the substrate be the same in the reference standard used for calibration adjustment and in the coated article to be measured.
Section: Extrude

C1047 - Standard Specification for Accessories for Gypsum Wallboard and Gypsum Veneer Base
This specification covers accessories used in conjunction with assemblies of gypsum wallboard and gypsum veneer base to protect edges and corners and to provide architectural features. Steel accessories and steel components of accessories manufactured from steel and paper in combination shall be manufactured from zinc-coated cold-roll sheet steel before application of coating. Phosphatizing or other surface treatments may be used to ensure compatibility and bond. Paper components of accessories manufactured from steel and paper in combination shall comply with requirements for thickness, tensile strength, dimensional stability, and bond of joint tape to joint compound. Accessories shall be free of twist or camber of a degree that will prevent their use in the assembly for which they are intended. Edges of accessories shall be free of burrs and sharp edges.
Section: Wire, Metal

C1063 - Standard Specification for Installation of Lathing and Furring to Receive Interior and Exterior Portland Cement-Based Plaster
This specification covers the installation of lathing and furring to receive interior and exterior Portland cement-based plaster. The following materials shall be used: metal plaster bases—expanded metal lath and wire laths; accessories—steel, PVC plastic, zinc alloy, and cornerite; channels—external corner reinforcement and foundation weep screed; wire; rod and strap hangers; clips; fasteners—nails and screws. Hangers and cold-rolled channel main runner shall conform to the allowable spacing and spans, respectively. The following methods are discussed: installation of hangers for suspended ceilings under wood constructions, attachment of hangers to main runners, installation of main runners, installation of cross furring, metal furring for walls, lapping of metal plaster bases, spacing of attachments for metal plaster bases, application of metal plaster bases, and application of accessories.
Section: Wire, Metal, Extrude

C645 - Standard Specification for Nonstructural Steel Framing Members
This specification covers nonstructural steel framing members in interior construction assemblies. Members shall be manufactured from steel and shall have a protective coating. Studs and rigid furring channels shall have a configuration and steel thickness such that the system in which they are used will carry the design transverse loads without exceeding either the allowable stress of the steel or the allowable design deflection. Members shall be manufactured in such a fashion as to minimize burrs and sharp edges. Penetration test shall be done for performance requirements, where members shall be capable of pulling the head of the screw below the surface of the gypsum board without spin out. Apparatus and materials shall satisfy the testing requirements of the specification.
Section: Metal

C841 - Standard Specification for Installation of Interior Lathing and Furring
This specification covers the minimum requirements for, and the methods of application of, interior lathing and furring to receive gypsum plaster applied. Other materials are not prohibited from being used provided that their physical characteristics and durability under conditions of usage are at least equal in performance to those described. All materials shall be kept dry, preferably by being stored inside. Where necessary to be stored outside, materials shall be stacked off the ground, supported on a level platform, and protected from the weather and surface contamination. Materials shall be neatly stacked flat with care taken to avoid damage to edges, ends, or surfaces. The materials to be used are the following: tie wire and hanger wire, gypsum lath, expanded metal lath, welded wire lath, woven wire lath, nails, screws, staples, paper, and accessories such as control joints, cornerite, channels, rod and flat hangers, clips, and striplath. In general, during installation, the following shall be required: application of gypsum lath to supports, application of gypsum lath to wood supports, application of gypsum lath to metal supports, studless solid partitions (gypsum lath and plaster), application of metal plaster bases to framing members, studless solid partitions (metal lath and plaster), suspended and furred ceilings (metal lath and gypsum lath construction), main runners, cross furring, and metal furring for walls.
Section: Wire, Metal

D4214 - Standard Test Methods for Evaluating the Degree of Chalking of Exterior Paint Films (Withdrawn 2007)
These test methods cover the evaluation of the degree of chalking on white or tinted exterior paint films. These test methods describe the procedures recommended for transferring the chalk to a fabric or fingertip, which is then compared to photographic reference standards, or in the case of adhesive tapes, compared to a reflectance table or photographic reference standards, to determine the degree of chalking. Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications, this test method was withdrawn in March 2007 in accordance with section of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
Section: Extrude

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