ASTM B488 - 11

    Standard Specification for Electrodeposited Coatings of Gold for Engineering Uses

    Active Standard ASTM B488 | Developed by Subcommittee: B08.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.05


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    Abstract

    This specification establishes the requirements for electrodeposited gold coatings for engineering applications, employed specifically for their corrosion and tarnish resistance (including resistance to fretting corrosion and catalytic polymerization), bondability, low and stable contact resistance, solderability, and infrared reflectivity. This specification does not cover gold coatings produced from autocatalytic, immersion, and vapor deposition. Coatings shall be classified into types, which characterize minimum purity, and codes, which designate Knoop hardness. Coatings shall be sampled, tested and conform to specified requirements as to purity, hardness, appearance, thickness, mass per unit area, ductility, adhesion (assessed by either bend, heat, or cutting test), and integrity (including gross defects, mechanical damage, and porosity).

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers requirements for electrodeposited gold coatings that contain not less than 99.00 mass % gold and that are used for engineering applications.

    1.2 Specifically excluded from this specification are autocatalytic, immersion, and vapor deposited gold coatings.

    1.3 Gold coatings conforming to this specification are employed for their corrosion and tarnish resistance (including resistance to fretting corrosion and catalytic polymerization), bondability, low and stable contact resistance, solderability, and infrared reflectivity. Several types of coatings, differing in gold purity and hardness, are covered by this specification.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. Values provided in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 The following hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods section, Section 9, of this specification: 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.

    ASTM Standards

    B183 Practice for Preparation of Low-Carbon Steel for Electroplating

    B242 Guide for Preparation of High-Carbon Steel for Electroplating

    B253 Guide for Preparation of Aluminum Alloys for Electroplating

    B254 Practice for Preparation of and Electroplating on Stainless Steel

    B281 Practice for Preparation of Copper and Copper-Base Alloys for Electroplating and Conversion Coatings

    B322 Guide for Cleaning Metals Prior to Electroplating

    B343 Practice for Preparation of Nickel for Electroplating with Nickel

    B374 Terminology Relating to Electroplating

    B481 Practice for Preparation of Titanium and Titanium Alloys for Electroplating

    B482 Practice for Preparation of Tungsten and Tungsten Alloys for Electroplating

    B487 Test Method for Measurement of Metal and Oxide Coating Thickness by Microscopical Examination of Cross Section

    B489 Practice for Bend Test for Ductility of Electrodeposited and Autocatalytically Deposited Metal Coatings on Metals

    B499 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thicknesses by the Magnetic Method: Nonmagnetic Coatings on Magnetic Basis Metals

    B504 Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings by the Coulometric Method

    B507 Practice for Design of Articles to Be Electroplated on Racks

    B542 Terminology Relating to Electrical Contacts and Their Use

    B558 Practice for Preparation of Nickel Alloys for Electroplating

    B567 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by the Beta Backscatter Method

    B568 Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by X-Ray Spectrometry

    B571 Practice for Qualitative Adhesion Testing of Metallic Coatings

    B578 Test Method for Microhardness of Electroplated Coatings

    B602 Test Method for Attribute Sampling of Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B678 Test Method for Solderability of Metallic-Coated Products

    B697 Guide for Selection of Sampling Plans for Inspection of Electrodeposited Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B735 Test Method for Porosity in Gold Coatings on Metal Substrates by Nitric Acid Vapor

    B741 Test Method for Porosity In Gold Coatings On Metal Substrates By Paper Electrography

    B748 Test Method for Measurement of Thickness of Metallic Coatings by Measurement of Cross Section with a Scanning Electron Microscope

    B762 Test Method of Variables Sampling of Metallic and Inorganic Coatings

    B765 Guide for Selection of Porosity and Gross Defect Tests for Electrodeposits and Related Metallic Coatings

    B799 Test Method for Porosity in Gold and Palladium Coatings by Sulfurous Acid/Sulfur-Dioxide Vapor

    B809 Test Method for Porosity in Metallic Coatings by Humid Sulfur Vapor (Flowers-of-Sulfur)

    D1125 Test Methods for Electrical Conductivity and Resistivity of Water

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    F390 Test Method for Sheet Resistance of Thin Metallic Films With a Collinear Four-Probe Array


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 25.220.40 (Metallic coatings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11101801(Gold)


    DOI: 10.1520/B0488-11

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