ASTM A555/A555M-05

    Standard Specification for General Requirements for Stainless Steel Wire and Wire Rods

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers general requirements that shall apply to stainless wire and wire rods. Wire rods are a semifinished product intended primarily for the manufacture of wire. Wire is intended primarily for cold forming, including coiling, stranding, weaving, heading and machining as covered under the latest revision of each of the following ASTM specifications: A 313/A 313M, A 368, A 478, A 492, A 493, A 580/A 580M and A 581/A 581M.

    1.2 In case of conflicting requirements, the individual material specification and this general requirement specification shall prevail in the order named.

    1.3 General requirements for flat products other than wire are covered in Specification A 480/A 480M.

    1.4 General requirements for bar and billet products are covered in Specification A 484/A 484M.

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units or SI (metric) units are to be regarded separately as standard; within the text and tables, the SI units are shown in brackets ([]). The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independent of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the specification.

    1.6 Unless the order specifies the applicable metric specification designation, the material shall be furnished in the inch-pound units.


    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

    A262 Practices for Detecting Susceptibility to Intergranular Attack in Austenitic Stainless Steels

    A313/A313M Specification for Stainless Steel Spring Wire

    A368 Specification for Stainless Steel Wire Strand

    A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products

    A478 Specification for Chromium-Nickel Stainless Steel Weaving and Knitting Wire

    A480/A480M Specification for General Requirements for Flat-Rolled Stainless and Heat-Resisting Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip

    A484/A484M Specification for General Requirements for Stainless Steel Bars, Billets, and Forgings

    A492 Specification for Stainless Steel Rope Wire

    A493 Specification for Stainless Steel Wire and Wire Rods for Cold Heading and Cold Forging

    A580/A580M Specification for Stainless Steel Wire

    A581/A581M Specification for Free-Machining Stainless Steel Wire and Wire Rods

    A700 Practices for Packaging, Marking, and Loading Methods for Steel Products for Shipment

    A751 Test Methods, Practices, and Terminology for Chemical Analysis of Steel Products

    E112 Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size

    Federal Standard

    Fed.Std.No.123 Marking for Shipment (Civil Agencies)

    Military Standards

    MIL-STD-129 Marking for Shipment and Storage

    MIL-STD-163 Preservation of Steel Products for Domestic Shipment

    Other Standard

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    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.65 (Steel wire, wir ropes and link chains)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31152203(Stainless steel wire)


    DOI: 10.1520/A0555_A0555M-05

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