ASTM E45-05

    Standard Test Methods for Determining the Inclusion Content of Steel

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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover a number of recognized procedures for determining the nonmetallic inclusion content of wrought steel. Macroscopic methods include macroetch, fracture, step-down, and magnetic particle tests. Microscopic methods include five generally accepted systems of examination. In these microscopic methods, inclusions are assigned to a category based on similarities in morphology, and not necessarily on their chemical identity. Metallographic techniques that allow simple differentiation between morphologically similar inclusions are briefly discussed. While the methods are primarily intended for rating inclusions, constituents such as carbides, nitrides, carbonitrides, borides, and intermetallic phases may be rated using some of the microscopic methods. In some cases, alloys other than steels may be rated using one or more of these methods; the methods will be described in terms of their use on steels.

    1.2 This practice covers procedures to perform JK-type inclusion ratings using automatic image analysis in accordance with microscopic methods A and D.

    1.3 Depending on the type of steel and the properties required, either a macroscopic or a microscopic method for determining the inclusion content, or combinations of the two methods, may be found most satisfactory.

    1.4 These test methods deal only with recommended test methods and nothing in them should be construed as defining or establishing limits of acceptability for any grade of steel.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. Values in parentheses are conversions and are approximate.

    1.5 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

    E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens

    E7 Terminology Relating to Metallography

    E381 Method of Macroetch Testing Steel Bars, Billets, Blooms, and Forgings

    E709 Guide for Magnetic Particle Testing

    E768 Guide for Preparing and Evaluating Specimens for Automatic Inclusion Assessment of Steel

    E1245 Practice for Determining the Inclusion or Second-Phase Constituent Content of Metals by Automatic Image Analysis

    E1444 Practice for Magnetic Particle Testing

    E1951 Guide for Calibrating Reticles and Light Microscope Magnifications

    SAE Standards

    J422, Recommended Practice for Determination of Inclusions in Steel


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101704(Steel)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0045-05

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