ASTM A352/A352M-03

    Standard Specification for Steel Castings, Ferritic and Martensitic, for Pressure-Containing Parts, Suitable for Low-Temperature Service

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers steel castings for valves, flanges, fittings, and other pressure-containing parts intended primarily for low-temperature service.

    1.2 Several grades of ferritic steels and one grade of martensitic steel are covered. Selection of analysis will depend on design and service conditions (Note). The temperature shown is the lowest temperature at which the material ordinarily is required to meet the impact requirements of this specification (see Supplementary Requirement S22, Impact Test Temperatures). Users should note that hardenability of some of the grades mentioned may restrict the maximum size at which the required mechanical properties are obtainable (see Appendix X1 ).

    Grade Usual Minimum TestingTemperatures, °F [°C]
    LCA-25 [-32]
    LCB-50 [-46]
    LCC-50 [-46]
    LC1-75 [-59]
    LC2-100 [-73]
    LC2-1-100 [-73]
    LC3-150 [-101]
    LC4-175 [-115]
    LC9-320 [-196]
    CA6NM-100 [-73]

    Note 1—This specification covers the low-temperature requirements particularly pertinent for ferritic and martensitic steels. Certain of the grades of austenitic steel castings furnished in accordance with Specification A 351/A 351M have been found suitable for low-temperature service down to -300°F [-184°C] and others down to -425°F [-254°C]. These grades may be used when impact tested in accordance with Specification A 352/A 352M with energy levels and temperatures of test mutually agreed upon between the purchaser and the manufacturer. As a guide to the selection of energy levels and testing temperatures, Appendix X1 should be consulted.

    1.3 The values stated in either inch-pound units or SI units are to be regarded separately as 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 the specification. Inch-pound units are applicable for material ordered to Specification A 352 and SI units for material ordered to Specification A 352M.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A351/A351M Specification for Castings, Austenitic, for Pressure-Containing Parts

    A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products

    A488/A488M Practice for Steel Castings, Welding, Qualifications of Procedures and Personnel

    A703/A703M Specification for Steel Castings, General Requirements, for Pressure-Containing Parts

    E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry

    E709 Guide for Magnetic Particle Testing

    Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve and Fittings Industry Standard

    SP-55 Quality Standard for Steel Castings for Valves, Flanges, and Fittings and Other Piping Components (Visual Method) Available from Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve and Fittings Industry (MSS), 127 Park St., NE, Vienna, VA 22180-4602.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.80 (Iron and steel castings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31100000(Castings and casting assemblies)


    DOI: 10.1520/A0352_A0352M-03

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