This specification covers seamless austenitic steel pipe intended for high-temperature central-station service. The grades covered are five H grades and two nitrogen grades. Pipe may be either hot finished or cold finished, with a suitable finishing treatment. All pipes shall be furnished in the heat-treated condition unless the order specifically states that no final heat treatment shall be applied. Tensile tests, hydrostatic test, nondestructive electric tests, ultrasonic tests, eddy-current tests, tension tests, and flattening tests shall be made to conform to the requirements specified.
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1.1 This specification covers seamless austenitic steel pipe intended for high-temperature service. Among the grades covered are H grades and nitrogen grades that are specifically intended for high-temperature service.
—This specification was originally developed for use for piping in the central stations of electric-power generating thermal plants. However, its use is not restricted to such applications and it may be used in other applications for which the attributes of the materials, as defined by this specification, are appropriate.
1.2 Optional supplementary requirements (S1 through S10) are provided. These supplementary requirements specify additional tests that will be made only when stated in the order, together with the number of such tests required.
1.3 Grades TP321 and TP321H have lower strength requirements for nominal wall thicknesses greater than 3/8 in. [9.5 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 may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard. The inch-pound units shall apply unless the “M” designation of this specification is specified in the order.
—The dimensionless designators NPS (nominal pipe size) and DN (Diametre Nominel) have been substituted in this standard for such traditional terms as “nominal diameter,” “size,” and “nominal size.”
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A262 Practices for Detecting Susceptibility to Intergranular Attack in Austenitic Stainless Steels
A999/A999M Specification for General Requirements for Alloy and Stainless Steel Pipe
E112 Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size
E213 Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Metal Pipe and Tubing
E381 Method of Macroetch Testing Steel Bars, Billets, Blooms, and Forgings
E426 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Seamless and Welded Tubular Products, Austenitic Stainless Steel and Similar Alloys
austenitic stainless steel; central station service; feedwater heater tubes; stainless steel tube; steel tube; welded steel tube;
ICS Number Code 23.040.10 (Iron and steel pipes)
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