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1.1 This specification covers structural steel shapes, plates, bars, and rivets intended primarily for use in ship construction.
1.2 Material under this specification is available in the following categories:
1.2.1 Ordinary Strength—Grades A, B, D, DS, CS, and E with a specified minimum yield point of 34 ksi [235 MPa], and
1.2.2 Higher Strength— Grades AH, DH, and EH with specified minimum yield points of either 46 ksi [315 MPa], 51 ksi [350 MPa], or 57 ksi [390 MPa].
1.3 Shapes and bars are normally available as Grades A, AH32, or AH36. Other grades may be furnished by agreement between the purchaser and the manufacturer.
1.4 When the steel is to be welded, it is presupposed that a welding procedure suitable for the grade of steel and intended use or service will be utilized. See Appendix X3 of Specification A6/A6M for information on weldability.
1.5 The values stated in either inch-pound units or SI units are to be regarded separately as the standard. Within the text, the SI units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with this specification.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A6/A6M Specification for General Requirements for Rolled Structural Steel Bars, Plates, Shapes, and Sheet Piling
A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products
E112 Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size
ICS Number Code 47.020.05 (Materials and components for shipbuilding)