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This specification covers steel track spike to be used as fastenings between railroad rails, tie plates, and ties. Several tests shall be conducted, namely: heat or cast analysis; alternative analysis; alternative tension test; product analysis; body bend test; and head bend test. Heat and product analysis shall be performed wherein steel materials shall conform to the required chemical composition for carbon, manganese, phosphorous, sulfur, silicon, and copper. Steel specimens shall also undergo tensile tests and conform to required values of yield point, tensile strength, and elongation.
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1.2 Three grades of spikes are described, Grades 1, a lower carbon steel; Grade 2, a higher carbon steel; and Grade 3, a carbon structural steel, conforming to Specification A36/A36M.
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
A29/A29M Specification for Steel Bars, Carbon and Alloy, Hot-Wrought, General Requirements for
A36/A36M Specification for Carbon Structural Steel
A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products
A700 Practices for Packaging, Marking, and Loading Methods for Steel Products for Shipment
UNSPSC Code 31162014(Railroad spike or nail)
ASTM A65-07(2013), Standard Specification for Steel Track Spikes, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top