ASTM B159/B159M-01

    Standard Specification for Phosphor Bronze Wire

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification establishes the requirements for round, square and flat phosphor bronze wire of UNS Alloy Nos. C51000, C52100, and C52400 for general and spring applications.

    1.1.1 Rectangular and square wire of the three alloys are generally available in sizes up to a maximum of 0.188 in. [5 mm] thick and 1.250 in. [32 mm] wide.

    1.1.2 Round wire from Copper Alloy UNS No. C51000 is generally available in sizes up to 0.500 in. [13 mm] in diameter.

    1.2 The values stated in either inch-pound units or in 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 may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

    1.3 Additional requirements for these products are established in Specification B250/B250M, see Section 3.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, 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.

    Note1—It is to be understood that this specification is general. Since the product is used for many applications where the requirements of the operations used are too particular to be specified by any of the ordinary mechanical tests, it is frequently advisable to submit samples or drawings to the manufacturer and secure an adjustment of temper to suit the actual application for which the product is intended.

    Note2—Product in rod, bar and shape form is produced to Specification B139/B139M.


    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

    B139/B139M Specification for Phosphor Bronze Rod, Bar, and Shapes

    B250/B250M Specification for General Requirements for Wrought Copper Alloy Wire

    B601 Classification for Temper Designations for Copper and Copper Alloys--Wrought and Cast

    B846 Terminology for Copper and Copper Alloys

    E8/E8M Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials

    E62 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Copper and Copper Alloys (Photometric Methods)

    E290 Test Methods for Bend Testing of Material for Ductility

    E478 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Copper Alloys


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.150.30 (Copper products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26121521(Bronze wire)


    DOI: 10.1520/B0159_B0159M-01

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