ASTM A901-97

    Standard Specification for Amorphous Magnetic Core Alloys, Semi-Processed Types


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers the general requirements to which flat-cast, amorphous, semi-processed, iron-base magnetic core alloys must conform.

    1.2 These alloys are produced by a rapid-quenching, direct-casting process, resulting in metals with non-crystalline structure. The metallic alloys are made to meet specified maximum core-loss values and are intended primarily for commercial power frequency (50 and 60 Hz) applications in magnetic devices. Desirable core-loss and permeability characteristics are developed by further heat treatment in a magnetic field by the buyer. The heat treatment typically consists of heating the material to a temperature of 320 to 420°C in a dry, inert atmosphere for 5 to 10 min. A magnetic field may be required during annealing as designated by the manufacturer. Exact optimum annealing conditions depend on the processing of the material and the size and shape of the device.

    1.2.1 The chemical, magnetic, and physical properties are listed for reference only. They are typical values for a particular alloy and do not constitute a standard specification for that alloy.

    1.3 Some of these alloys are sensitive to mechanical stress. Care must be exercised in minimizing any stresses on the material in its final application, otherwise, its magnetic properties will be impaired significantly.

    1.4 This specification is developed to aid in the purchase of transformer grade amorphous strip. It provides the chemical, physical, and magnetic parameters and procedures for quality control tests.

    Note-For more information on procedures associated with this specification, refer to the following: Practices A34, A664, A700, and B490; Test Methods A370 and A773.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address the safety problems associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.030 (Magnetic materials); 29.100.10 (Magnetic components)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31380000(Magnets and magnetic materials)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/A0901-97

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    Citation Format

    ASTM A901-97, Standard Specification for Amorphous Magnetic Core Alloys, Semi-Processed Types, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1997, www.astm.org

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