ASTM B456-03

    Historical Standard: ASTM B456-03 Standard Specification for Electrodeposited Coatings of Copper Plus Nickel Plus Chromium and Nickel Plus Chromium

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    ASTM B456

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers requirements for several types and grades of electrodeposited copper plus nickel plus chromium or nickel plus chromium coatings on steel, nickel plus chromium coatings on copper and copper alloys, nickel plus chromium coatings on Type 300 and 400 series stainless steel and copper plus nickel plus chromium coatings on aluminum and its alloys and zinc alloys for applications where both appearance and protection of the basis metal against corrosion are important. Five grades of coatings are provided to correspond with the service conditions under which each is expected to provide satisfactory performance: namely, extended very severe, very severe, severe, moderate, and mild. Definitions and typical examples of these service conditions are provided in Appendix X1.

    1.2 This specification does not cover the requirements for the plating on plastics, see Specification B 604.

    1.3 The following hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods portions, Appendix X2, Appendix X3, Appendix X4, and Appendix X5 of this specification: This standard does not purport to address all of 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

    B183 Practice for Preparation of Low-Carbon Steel for Electroplating

    B242 Guide for Preparation of High-Carbon Steel for Electroplating

    B252 Guide for Preparation of Zinc Alloy Die Castings for Electroplating and Conversion Coatings

    B253 Guide for Preparation of Aluminum Alloys for Electroplating

    B254 Practice for Preparation of and Electroplating on Stainless Steel

    B281 Practice for Preparation of Copper and Copper-Base Alloys for Electroplating and Conversion Coatings

    B320 Practice for Preparation of Iron Castings for Electroplating

    B368 Test Method for Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray (Fog) Testing (CASS Test)

    B380 Test Method for Corrosion Testing of Decorative Electrodeposited Coatings by the Corrodkote Procedure

    B487 Test Method for Measurement of Metal and Oxide Coating Thickness by Microscopical Examination of Cross Section

    B489 Practice for Bend Test for Ductility of Electrodeposited and Autocatalytically Deposited Metal Coatings on Metals

    B490 Practice for Micrometer Bend Test for Ductility of Electrodeposits

    B499 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thicknesses by the Magnetic Method: Nonmagnetic Coatings on Magnetic Basis Metals

    B504 Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings by the Coulometric Method

    B530 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thicknesses by the Magnetic Method: Electrodeposited Nickel Coatings on Magnetic and Nonmagnetic Substrates

    B537 Practice for Rating of Electroplated Panels Subjected to Atmospheric Exposure

    B568 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by X-Ray Spectrometry

    B571 Practice for Qualitative Adhesion Testing of Metallic Coatings

    B602 Test Method for Attribute Sampling of Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B604 Specification for Decorative Electroplated Coatings of Copper Plus Nickel Plus Chromium on Plastics

    B659 Guide for Measuring Thickness of Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B697 Guide for Selection of Sampling Plans for Inspection of Electrodeposited Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B762 Test Method of Variables Sampling of Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B764 Test Method for Simultaneous Thickness and Electrode Potential Determination of Individual Layers in Multilayer Nickel Deposit (STEP Test)

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    E50 Practices for Apparatus, Reagents, and Safety Considerations for Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials

    G85 Practice for Modified Salt Spray (Fog) Testing


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 25.220.40 (Metallic coatings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/B0456-03

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