ASTM B886 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Determination of Magnetic Saturation (Ms) of Cemented Carbides

    Active Standard ASTM B886 | Developed by Subcommittee: B09.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.05


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    Significance and Use

    This test method allows the nondestructive measurement of the magnetic fraction of the binder phase in cemented carbide powder materials and sintered product, and may be used as an indirect measure of the carbon level in the material or product.

    Measurement of magnetic saturation provides a comparison of the relative fraction of magnetic binder phase that is, cobalt, nickel, or iron, present in the material and can be used for acceptance of product to specification.

    Measurement of magnetic saturation can be used as a measure of the quality of powder material.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of magnetic saturation (Ms) of cemented carbide powder materials and sintered products using magnetic saturation induction test instrumentation.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 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

    A340 Terminology of Symbols and Definitions Relating to Magnetic Testing

    B243 Terminology of Powder Metallurgy

    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

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.20 (Non-destructive testing of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/B0886-12

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