ASTM A881 / A881M - 16

    Standard Specification for Steel Wire, Indented, Low-Relaxation for Prestressed Concrete

    Active Standard ASTM A881 / A881M | Developed by Subcommittee: A01.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 01.04

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    This specification covers uncoated, deformed, stress-relieved, and low-relaxation wire for use as prestressed tendons in concrete railroad ties. Deformed wires with nominal diameters shall be supplied in coils and shall conform to specified values of breaking strength requirements. The relaxation losses of normal stress-relieved and low-relaxation stress-relieved wires should not exceed the specified limits. The two acceptable types of deformed wire shall have specific dimensions of deformations, where the depth of indent shall be the average depth of six or more random indents measured at maximum depth. The material shall be tested on and shall conform to specified values of the following mechanical properties: breaking strength, load at 1% extension, elongation, bending, and relaxation.

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers indented, low-relaxation steel wire for use in prestressed concrete.

    1.2 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 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.

    ASTM Standards

    A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products

    A421/A421M Specification for Stress-Relieved Steel Wire for Prestressed Concrete

    A700 Guide for Packaging, Marking, and Loading Methods for Steel Products for Shipment

    U.S. Military Standard


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.140.15 (Steels for reinforcement of concrete)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31152207(Prestressed concrete steel wire)

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    DOI: 10.1520/A0881_A0881M-16

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    ASTM A881 / A881M-16, Standard Specification for Steel Wire, Indented, Low-Relaxation for Prestressed Concrete, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016,

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