ASTM B528 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Transverse Rupture Strength of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Specimens

    Active Standard ASTM B528 | Developed by Subcommittee: B09.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.05


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method is used to measure the strength of sintered, including post-treated, specimens. Transverse rupture strength is not a design value. For many sintered materials, transverse rupture strength is approximately twice the ultimate tensile strength.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers determination of the transverse rupture strength of sintered, including post-treated, powder metallurgy test specimens by subjecting them to a uniformly increasing transverse force under controlled conditions. The term “transverse rupture strength” as used herein, defines the stress, calculated from the flexure formula required to break a specimen as a simple beam supported near the ends and applying the force midway between the fixed line center of the supports.

    1.2 Limitations—The transverse rupture test is only applicable to relatively brittle materials. In cases where a ductile specimen is being tested and the permanent deflection as a result of testing exceeds 0.020 in. (0.50 mm), the test results may be questionable.

    1.3 Test Method B406 should be consulted for determining the transverse rupture strength of cemented carbides.

    1.4  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.

    1.5 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

    B243 Terminology of Powder Metallurgy

    B312 Test Method for Green Strength of Specimens Compacted from Metal Powders

    B406 Test Method for Transverse Rupture Strength of Cemented Carbides

    B528 Test Method for Transverse Rupture Strength of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Specimens

    B925 Practices for Production and Preparation of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Test Specimens

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.160 (Powder metallurgy)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/B0528-12

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