ASTM B530-96

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


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the use of magnetic instruments for the nondestructive measurement of the thickness of an electrodeposited nickel coating on either a magnetic or nonmagnetic substrate. For autocatalytic nickel coating, see Section 7.

    1.2 These instruments measure either the magnetic attraction between a magnet and the coating-substrate combination, or the reluctance of a magnetic flux path passing through the coating and the basis metal.

    1.3 For this test method, there are two types of coating-substrate combinations that can be encountered: Type A, nickel coatings on a magnetic substrate, and Type B, nickel coatings on a nonmagnetic substrate.

    1.4 The effective measuring ranges of instruments using the principle of magnetic attraction are up to 50 [mu]m for Type A coatings, and up to 25 [mu]m for Type B coatings. For reluctance gages, the effective ranges are much greater, and measurements up to 1 mm or more, can be made on both types of coatings.

    1.5 Measurements made in accordance with this test method will be in compliance with the requirements of ISO Standard 2361 as printed in 1982.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns 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

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

    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

    B748 Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings by Measurement of Cross Section with a Scanning Electron Microscope

    ISO International Standard

    ISO2361 Electrodeposited Nickel Coatings on Magnetic and Nonmagnetic Substrates--Measurement of Coating Thickness--Magnetic Method Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.040.20 (Properties of surfaces); 25.220.40 (Metallic coatings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/B0530-96

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    Citation Format

    ASTM B530-96, Standard Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thicknesses by the Magnetic Method Electrodeposited Nickel Coatings on Magnetic and Nonmagnetic Substrates, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1996, www.astm.org

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