ASTM B163-01

    Standard Specification for Seamless Nickel and Nickel Alloy Condenser and Heat-Exchanger Tubes

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers seamless tubes of nickel and nickel alloys, as shown in Table 1, for use in condenser and heat-exchanger service.

    1.2 This specification covers outside diameter and average wall, or outside diameter and minimum wall tube.

    1.2.1 The sizes covered by this specification are 3 in. (76.2 mm) and under in outside diameter with minimum wall thicknesses of 0.148 in. (3.76 mm) and under, and with average wall thicknesses of 0.165 in. (4.19 mm) and under.

    1.3 Tube shall be furnished in the alloys and conditions as shown in . For small diameter and light wall tube (converter sizes), see Appendix X2.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 12, of this specification. 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.


    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

    B829 Specification for General Requirements for Nickel and Nickel Alloys Seamless Pipe and Tube

    B880 Specification for General Requirements for Chemical Check Analysis Limits for Nickel, Nickel Alloys and Cobalt Alloys

    E8 Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials

    E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E76 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Nickel-Copper Alloys

    E112 Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size

    E140 Hardness Conversion Tables for Metals Relationship Among Brinell Hardness, Vickers Hardness, Rockwell Hardness, Superficial Hardness, Knoop Hardness, and Scleroscope Hardness

    E1473 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Nickel, Cobalt, and High-Temperature Alloys

    Military Standard

    MIL-STD-129 Marking for Shipment and Storage

    Federal Standards

    Fed.Std.No.182 Continuous Identification Marking of Nickel and Nickel-Base Alloys


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.15 (Non-ferrous metal pipes); 77.150.40 (Nickel and chromium products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/B0163-01

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