ASTM A804/A804M-99

    Standard Test Methods for Alternating-Current Magnetic Properties of Materials at Power Frequencies Using Sheet-Type Test Specimens

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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover the determination of specific core loss and peak permeability of single layers of sheet-type specimens tested with normal excitation at a frequency of 50 or 60 Hz.

    Note 1-These test methods have been applied only at the commercial power frequencies, 50 and 60 Hz, but with proper instrumentation and application of the principles of testing and calibration embodied in the test methods, they are believed to be adaptable to testing at frequencies ranging from 25 to 400 Hz.

    1.2 These test methods employ calibration procedures that provide correlation with the 25-cm [250-mm] Epstein test.

    1.3 The range of test inductions is governed by the properties of the test specimen and by the available instruments and other equipment components. Normally, nonoriented electrical steels can be tested over a range from 8 to 16 kG [0.8 to 1.6 T] for core loss. For oriented electrical steels, the normal range extends to 18 kG [1.8 T]. Maximum inductions in peak permeability testing are limited principally by heating of the magnetizing winding and tests are limited normally to a maximum a-c magnetizing force of about 150 Oe [12 000 A/m].

    1.4 These test methods cover two alternative procedures as follows:

    Test Method 1-Sections 6 to 12 Test Method 2-Sections 13 to 19


    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

    A34/A34M Practice for Sampling and Procurement Testing of Magnetic Materials

    A340 Terminology of Symbols and Definitions Relating to Magnetic Testing

    A343/A343M Test Method for Alternating-Current Magnetic Properties of Materials at Power Frequencies Using Wattmeter-Ammeter-Voltmeter Method and 25-cm Epstein Test Frame

    A677 Specification for Nonoriented Electrical Steel Fully Processed Types

    A683 Specification for Nonoriented Electrical Steel, Semiprocessed Types

    A876 Specification for Flat-Rolled, Grain-Oriented, Silicon-Iron, Electrical Steel, Fully Processed Types


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.40 (Steels with special magnetic properties)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31380000(Magnets and magnetic materials)


    DOI: 10.1520/A0804_A0804M-99

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