ASTM E633 - 13

    Standard Guide for Use of Thermocouples in Creep and Stress-Rupture Testing to 1800°F (1000°C) in Air

    Active Standard ASTM E633 | Developed by Subcommittee: E28.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.01


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    Significance and Use

    6.1 This guide presents techniques on the use of thermocouples and associated equipment for measuring temperature in creep and stress-rupture testing in air at temperatures up to 1800°F (1000°C). The duration of a creep test ranges from a few hours to several thousand hours or more at elevated temperatures, at least partially unattended by operators. Such tests are normally ended before test specimen failure. Stress-rupture tests may operate at higher stresses, higher temperatures, and for shorter times than creep tests, but they normally continue until the specimen has achieved its required life or has failed.

    6.2 Since creep and stress-rupture properties are highly sensitive to temperature, users should make every effort practicable to make accurate temperature measurements and provide stable control of the test temperature. The goal of this guide is to provide users with good pyrometric practice and techniques for precise temperature control for creep and stress-rupture testing.

    6.3 Techniques are given in this guide for maintaining a stable temperature throughout the period of test.

    6.4 If the techniques of this guide are followed, the difference between indicated temperature and true temperature, as used in E139, E292, and E21 will be reduced to the lowest practical level.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers the use of ANSI thermocouple Types K, N, R, and S for creep and stress-rupture testing at temperatures up to 1800°F (1000°C) in air at one atmosphere of pressure. It does not cover the use of sheathed thermocouples.

    1.2 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.

    1.3 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

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E21 Test Methods for Elevated Temperature Tension Tests of Metallic Materials

    E139 Test Methods for Conducting Creep, Creep-Rupture, and Stress-Rupture Tests of Metallic Materials

    E207 Test Method for Thermal EMF Test of Single Thermoelement Materials by Comparison with a Reference Thermoelement of Similar EMF-Temperature Properties

    E220 Test Method for Calibration of Thermocouples By Comparison Techniques

    E230 Specification and Temperature-Electromotive Force (EMF) Tables for Standardized Thermocouples

    E292 Test Methods for Conducting Time-for-Rupture Notch Tension Tests of Materials

    E344 Terminology Relating to Thermometry and Hydrometry

    E574 Specification for Duplex, Base Metal Thermocouple Wire With Glass Fiber or Silica Fiber Insulation

    E1129/E1129M Specification for Thermocouple Connectors

    E1684 Specification for Miniature Thermocouple Connectors


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.20 (Temperature-measuring instruments)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41112206(Thermocouples)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0633

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