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This specification covers the three types and four strength grades of high strength low-alloy, hot rolled structural steel plate with improved formability. These steels are normally furnished in the as-rolled condition. For plates produced from coil, and furnished without heat treatment or with stress relieving only, additional testing requirements and the reporting of additional test results, of a reference material shall apply. Chemical composition requirements shall be dependent upon thickness, grade, and intended applications. Tension tests shall be executed to evaluate conformance of specimens with specified mechanical properties requirements.
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1.1 This specification covers three types and five strength grades of high-strength low-alloy, hot rolled structural steel plate for use in truck frames, brackets, crane booms, rail cars, and similar applications. Steels that conform to this specification offer improved formability. These steels are normally furnished in the as-rolled condition. The type and strength grade furnished is as agreed upon between the manufacturer and the purchaser. The types and strength grades are shown in the tables.
1.2 The maximum thickness of plates shall be as follows:
Plate Thickness, max,
1.3 The values stated in either inch-pound units or SI units are to be regarded 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. See Appendix X3 of Specification A6/A6M for information on weldability.
1.4 For plates 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.
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
ICS Number Code 77.140.50 (Flat steel products and semi-products)
UNSPSC Code 30102204(Steel plate)
ASTM A656 / A656M-13, Standard Specification for Hot-Rolled Structural Steel, High-Strength Low-Alloy Plate with Improved Formability, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top