ASTM B769 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Shear Testing of Aluminum Alloys

    Active Standard ASTM B769 | Developed by Subcommittee: B07.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.02


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    Significance and Use

    The intent of this method is to provide a means of measuring the ultimate shear strength of aluminum-alloy wrought and cast products. Data obtained by this method are used to calculate minimum properties that can be utilized in the design of structural members such as found in aircraft. It is recognized that loading conditions developed by this method, and by most others, are not ideal in that they do not strictly satisfy the definition of pure shear. However, rarely do pure shear conditions exist in structures.

    Note 2—This method is not interchangeable with that described in Test Method B 565. Shear strengths obtained by Test Method B 565 are about 10 % lower than those developed by this test method.

    The presence of a lubricant on the surface of the specimen and fixture may result in shear strengths up to 3 % lower than those determined in the absence of lubrication (see 8.1 and Test Method B 565).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers double-shear testing of wrought and cast aluminum products to determine shear ultimate strengths.

    Note 1

    The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information only.

    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

    B565 Test Method for Shear Testing of Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Rivets and Cold-Heading Wire and Rods

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.150.10 (Aluminium products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114619(Shear strength testers); 11172000(Aluminum based alloys)


    DOI: 10.1520/B0769-11

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