ASTM E436 - 03(2014)

    Standard Test Method for Drop-Weight Tear Tests of Ferritic Steels

    Active Standard ASTM E436 | Developed by Subcommittee: E08.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method can be used to determine the appearance of propagating fractures in plain carbon or low-alloy pipe steels (yield strengths less than 825 MPa) over the temperature range where the fracture mode changes from brittle (cleavage or flat) to ductile (shear or oblique).

    4.2 This test method can serve the following purposes:

    4.2.1 For research and development, to study the effect of metallurgical variables such as composition or heat treatment, or of fabricating operations such as welding or forming on the mode of fracture propagation.

    4.2.2 For evaluation of materials for service to indicate the suitability of a material for specific applications by indicating fracture propagation behavior at the service temperature(s).

    4.2.3 For information or specification purposes, to provide a manufacturing quality control only when suitable correlations have been established with service behavior.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers drop-weight tear tests (DWTT) on ferritic steels with thicknesses between 3.18 and 19.1 mm.

    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

    E208 Test Method for Conducting Drop-Weight Test to Determine Nil-Ductility Transition Temperature of Ferritic Steels

    E1823 Terminology Relating to Fatigue and Fracture Testing


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.040.10 (Mechanical testing of metals)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114722(Tearing strength tester)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0436-03R14

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E436-03(2014), Standard Test Method for Drop-Weight Tear Tests of Ferritic Steels, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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