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This specification covers chemical, mechanical, and physical requirements for available wrought carbon tool steel products. These products, which include hot- or cold-finished bar, plate, sheet, rod, wire, or forgings, are normally fabricated into tools, dies, or fixtures. The selection of a material for a particular application will depend upon design, service conditions, and desired properties. An analysis of each heat of steel shall be made by the manufacturer to determine the percentage of the elements specified and these values shall conform to the chemical composition specified by the reference material. The hardness of the specimen after the specified heat treatment shall meet the minimum hardness value for the particular type of steel prescribed by the reference material. Rockwell C tests should be used where possible but light load tests may be necessary on thin specimens. The macrostructure of a specimen representing the entire cross-sectional area in the annealed condition shall be prepared in accordance with the reference material. It shall exhibit a structure free of excessive porosity, segregation, slag, dirt or other nonmetallic inclusions, pipes, checks, cracks, and other injurious defects.
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1.1 This specification covers the chemical, mechanical, and physical requirements for available wrought carbon tool steel products.
1.2 These products, which include hot- or cold-finished bar, plate, sheet, rod, wire, or forgings, are normally fabricated into tools, dies, or fixtures. The selection of a material for a particular application will depend upon design, service conditions, and desired properties.
1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products
A388/A388M Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Steel Forgings
A561 Practice for Macroetch Testing of Tool Steel Bars
A700 Practices for Packaging, Marking, and Loading Methods for Steel Products for Shipment
E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens
E30 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Steel, Cast Iron, Open-Hearth Iron, and Wrought Iron
E45 Test Methods for Determining the Inclusion Content of Steel
E59 Practice for Sampling Steel and Iron for Determination of Chemical Composition
Military StandardMIL-STD-163 Steel Mill Products, Preparation for Shipment and Storage Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, Bldg. 4 Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094, Attn: NPODS.
Federal StandardsFed. Std. No. 183 Continuous Identification Marking of Iron and Steel Products
ICS Number Code 77.140.10 (Heat-treatable steels)
UNSPSC Code 30263800(Tool steel bars)
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ASTM A686-92(2016), Standard Specification for Tool Steel, Carbon, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.orgBack to Top