Active Standard ASTM A203 / A203M | Developed by Subcommittee: A01.11
Book of Standards Volume: 01.04
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This specification covers nickel-alloy steel plates intended primarily for welded pressure vessels. As a steel making practice, the steel shall be killed and shall conform to fine grain size requirements. The heat treatment requirements for all plates are presented, and all plates under Grades A, B, D, and E shall be normalized as required. The steel shall conform to the required chemical compositions. Two mechanical test requirements are presented that includes, tension test requirements and impact test requirements.
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1.1 This specification covers nickel-alloy steel plates intended primarily for welded pressure vessels.
1.2 Plates under this specification are available with four strength levels and two nickel compositions as follows:
|Yield Strength, min, ksi [MPa]||Tensile Strength, min, ksi [MPa]|
|A||2.25||37 ||65 |
|B||2.25||40 ||70 |
|D||3.50||37 ||65 |
|E||3.50||40 ||70 |
|2 in. [50 mm] and under||55 ||80  cccc|
|Over 2 in. [50 mm]||50 ||75 |
1.3 The maximum thickness of plates is limited only by the capacity of the composition to meet the specified mechanical property requirements. However, current practice normally limits the maximum thickness of plates furnished under this specification as follows:
|Grade||Maximum Thickness, in. [mm]|
1.4 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 must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with this specification.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A20/A20M Specification for General Requirements for Steel Plates for Pressure Vessels
A435/A435M Specification for Straight-Beam Ultrasonic Examination of Steel Plates
A577/A577M Specification for Ultrasonic Angle-Beam Examination of Steel Plates
A578/A578M Specification for Straight-Beam Ultrasonic Examination of Rolled Steel Plates for Special Applications
ICS Number Code 77.140.30 (Steels for pressure purposes); 77.140.50 (Flat steel products and semi-products)