ASTM WK42510

    Work Item: ASTM WK42510 - Revision of A656 / A656M - 12ae1 Standard Specification for Hot-Rolled Structural Steel, High-Strength Low-Alloy Plate with Improved Formability

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    Active Standard: A656 / A656M - 13

    Developed by Subcommittee: A01.02 | Committee A01 | Contact Staff Manager

    1. Rationale

    S739-13A A task group has been formed to address the phosphorus and sulfur levels in the steel standards covered by Committee A01.02. The goal is to align the levels of these two elements to be consistent with current standard metallurgical processes. While this may result in alignment of ASTM standards with other international standards covering similar steels, this would be a byproduct of the changes rather than the impetus for the changes. The task group has proposed a level of 0.030% maximum for each element for plate materials and values of 0.035% maximum and 0.045% maximum respectively for phosphorus and sulfur for bars and shapes at this time.


    high-strength low-alloy steel; steel plates; structural applications;
    Citing ASTM Standards
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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Allen Harrold


    A01 (13-03)

    Ballot Item Approved as A656/A656M-2013 and Pending Publication