Significance and Use
The particle size distribution of a metal powder affects its behavior in P/M processing and other applications of these materials. The test method may be part of the purchase agreement between powder supplier and user, or it may be an internal quality control test for either.
1.1 This test method covers the dry sieve analysis of metal powders or mixed powders, using sieves with openings ranging from 45 to 1000 micrometers.
1.2 This test method is based on a particular type of mechanical sieve shaker (see 5.2). Other types of sieve shakers are also available, but their precision and reproducibility have not been determined.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
MPIF05 Determination of Sieve Analysis of Metal Powders Available from Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), 105 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540, http://www.mpif.org.
B212 Test Method for Apparent Density of Free-Flowing Metal Powders Using the Hall Flowmeter Funnel
B215 Practices for Sampling Metal Powders
B243 Terminology of Powder Metallurgy
B329 Test Method for Apparent Density of Metal Powders and Compounds Using the Scott Volumeter
B417 Test Method for Apparent Density of Non-Free-Flowing Metal Powders Using the Carney Funnel
B703 Test Method for Apparent Density of Metal Powders and Related Compounds Using the Arnold Meter
E11 Specification for Woven Wire Test Sieve Cloth and Test Sieves
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
E1638 Terminology Relating to Sieves, Sieving Methods, and Screening Media
mesh designation number; particle size; screened fraction; sieves; Tyler; U.S. standard series: Screen analysis--metals/alloys; Sieve analysis; Dry sieve analysis; Mesh designation number; Metal powders; Particle size analysis;
ICS Number Code 77.160 (Powder metallurgy)
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