ASTM B777-99

    Standard Specification for Tungsten Base, High-Density Metal

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers the requirements for four classes of machinable, high-density tungsten base metal produced by consolidation of metal powder mixtures of which the composition is mainly tungsten. This material specification may be used for bare parts or be used for parts that may be coated with other materials for protection against corrosion and abrasion.

    1.2 Intended Use -Parts made from this material are intended for uses such as weights or counter-balances in static or dynamic balancing high-speed rotating inertia members, radiation shielding, hypervelocity impact, and vibration-damping applications.

    1.3 Special Applications -For particular applications, properties or requirements other than those specified in Section 6 of this specification may be important. These alloys may contain elements which make them magnetic. Where freedom from magnetic response is required, this should be specified in the purchase order. Class 4 is not available in a non-magnetic grade. For purposes of this specification, non-magnetic characteristics are defined as material having a maximum magnetic permeability of 1.05 (see Test Method B193). Also for special applications involving large sections, methods for determining internal quality, such as mechanical tests on specimens from these larger sections or suitable nondestructive tests may be applied. If required, these additional tests shall be specified in the purchase order.

    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.


    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

    A600 Specification for Tool Steel High Speed

    B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials

    B311 Test Method for Density of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Materials Containing Less Than Two Percent Porosity

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens

    E8 Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials

    E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials

    E407 Practice for Microetching Metals and Alloys

    Federal Standard

    Fed.Std.No.151 Metals, Test Methods Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, DODSSP, Bldg. 4, Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5098, http://www.dodssp.daps.mil.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.120.99 (Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12141747(Tungsten W)


    DOI: 10.1520/B0777-99

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