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This specification covers alloy steel in bars, plates up to and including 4 in. [100 mm] in thickness and shapes of structural quality with improved yield strength at high temperature. It indicates the tensile and chemical requirements for heat analysis, as well as the requirements for through-thickness tension tests, charpy V-notch tests, and elevated temperature tension test for yield.
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1.1 This specification covers alloy steel in bars, plates up to and including 4 in. [100 mm] in thickness and shapes of structural quality with improved yield strength at high temperature. Two grades, 36  and 50  are available for use in bolted or welded buildings or for general structural purposes. Class 2 requires a maximum yield to tensile ratio – this ratio is not required for Class 1.
1.2 When the steel is to be welded, a welding procedure suitable for the grade of steel and intended use or service is to be utilized. See Appendix X3 of Specification A6/A6M for information on weldability.
1.3 The values stated in either inch-pound units or SI units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text, the SI units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system is to be used independently of the other, without combining values in any way.
1.4 The text of this specification contains notes or footnotes, or both, that provide explanatory material. Such notes and footnotes, excluding those in tables and figures, do not contain any mandatory requirements.
1.5 For structural products produced from coil and furnished without heat treatment or with stress relieving only, the additional requirements, including additional testing requirements and the reporting of additional test results, of Specification A6/A6M apply.
1.6 Supplementary requirements are provided for use where additional testing or additional restrictions are required by the purchaser. Such requirements apply only when specified in the purchase order.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A6/A6M Specification for General Requirements for Rolled Structural Steel Bars, Plates, Shapes, and Sheet Piling
A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products
A673/A673M Specification for Sampling Procedure for Impact Testing of Structural Steel
A770/A770M Specification for Through-Thickness Tension Testing of Steel Plates for Special Applications
E8 Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials
E21 Test Methods for Elevated Temperature Tension Tests of Metallic Materials
ICS Number Code 77.140.20 (Steels of high quality)