ASTM A580/A580M, 2012 Edition, “Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Wire,” has just been released and is now available from Document Center Inc. The document was editorially corrected within weeks, so that the new correct edition is the ASTM A580/A580M-12(e1) Edition.
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.
ASTM A580/A580M steel specimens 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 are cold drawn, annealed, and pickled.
The steel wires are expected to 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 as defined in Table 1.
Table 2 covers mechanical test requirements that verify that the steel specimens conform to the required values of tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation. The martensitic grades conform to the required values of hardness after heat treatment.
The original changes to the standard include the addition of new grades to both table 1 and table 2. The editorial change that followed corrected Table 2 only.
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