ASTM G32-09

    Standard Test Method for Cavitation Erosion Using Vibratory Apparatus

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the production of cavitation damage on the face of a specimen vibrated at high frequency while immersed in a liquid. The vibration induces the formation and collapse of cavities in the liquid, and the collapsing cavities produce the damage to and erosion (material loss) of the specimen.

    1.2 Although the mechanism for generating fluid cavitation in this method differs from that occurring in flowing systems and hydraulic machines (see 5.1), the nature of the material damage mechanism is believed to be basically similar. The method therefore offers a small-scale, relatively simple and controllable test that can be used to compare the cavitation erosion resistance of different materials, to study in detail the nature and progress of damage in a given material, orby varying some of the test conditionsto study the effect of test variables on the damage produced.

    1.3 This test method specifies standard test conditions covering the diameter, vibratory amplitude and frequency of the specimen, as well as the test liquid and its container. It permits deviations from some of these conditions if properly documented, that may be appropriate for some purposes. It gives guidance on setting up a suitable apparatus and covers test and reporting procedures and precautions to be taken. It also specifies standard reference materials that must be used to verify the operation of the facility and to define the normalized erosion resistance of other test materials.

    1.4 A history of this test method is given in Appendix X3, followed by a comprehensive bibliography.

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

    1.6 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. For specific safety warning information, see 6.1, 10.3, and 10.6.1.


    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

    A276 Specification for Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes

    B160 Specification for Nickel Rod and Bar

    B211 Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Rolled or Cold Finished Bar, Rod, and Wire

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E960 Specification for Laboratory Glass Beakers

    G40 Terminology Relating to Wear and Erosion

    G73 Test Method for Liquid Impingement Erosion Using Rotating Apparatus

    G117 Guide for Calculating and Reporting Measures of Precision Using Data from Interlaboratory Wear or Erosion Tests

    G119 Guide for Determining Synergism Between Wear and Corrosion

    G134 Test Method for Erosion of Solid Materials by Cavitating Liquid Jet


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.060 (Corrosion of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114624(Vibration testers)


    DOI: 10.1520/G0032-09

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