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Significance and Use
4.1 This test method describes the testing procedure that shall be used to qualify a coating system that is under consideration for use on ASTM A490 high strength structural bolts made of any steel composition permitted by the A490 specification. The test method measures the susceptibility of coated specimen bolts to the influence of an externally applied potential (see 188.8.131.52) by testing for the threshold of embrittlement in a salt solution environment.
1.1 This test method defines the procedures and tests to evaluate the effect of a coating system on the susceptibility to environmental hydrogen embrittlement (EHE) of an ASTM A490 high strength structural bolt.
1.2 This test method shall qualify a coating system for use with any size of A490 bolts (that is, 1/2 to 1-1/2 in.) high strength structural bolts, relative to EHE.
1.3 The characteristic to be evaluated by this test method is the susceptibility to EHE caused by hydrogen generated from corrosion protection of the steel bolt by sacrificial galvanic corrosion of the coating. Testing shall be performed on coated, specimen ASTM A490 bolts manufactured to the maximum susceptible tensile strength values (see Table 1) of the bolt (see Section 5 Specimen Bolt Requirements). The internal hydrogen embrittlement (IHE) susceptibility will also be inherently evaluated when the EHE is tested through this test method. There is no need for a separate IHE susceptibility test.
1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this 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.
A490 Specification for Structural Bolts, Alloy Steel, Heat Treated, 150 ksi Minimum Tensile Strength
E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines
E8/E8M Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials
F519 Test Method for Mechanical Hydrogen Embrittlement Evaluation of Plating/Coating Processes and Service Environments
F606 Test Methods for Determining the Mechanical Properties of Externally and Internally Threaded Fasteners, Washers, Direct Tension Indicators, and Rivets
F1624 Test Method for Measurement of Hydrogen Embrittlement Threshold in Steel by the Incremental Step Loading Technique
F1789 Terminology for F16 Mechanical Fasteners
F2078 Terminology Relating to Hydrogen Embrittlement Testing
G3 Practice for Conventions Applicable to Electrochemical Measurements in Corrosion Testing
G15 Terminology Relating to Corrosion and Corrosion Testing
G44 Practice for Exposure of Metals and Alloys by Alternate Immersion in Neutral 3.5 % Sodium Chloride Solution
G82 Guide for Development and Use of a Galvanic Series for Predicting Galvanic Corrosion Performance
Research Council on Structural ConnectionsSpecification for Structural Joints Using High Str Allowable Stress Design Specification for Structural Joints Using High Str Load and Resistance Factor Design
Other ReferencesRaymond, L., The Susceptibility of Fasteners to Hydrogen Embrittlement and Stress Corrosion Cracking: Fastener System Design. In J. H. Bickford, & S. Nassar, Handbook of Bolts and Bolted Joints, New York, USA: Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1998, pp. 723-756 Townsend Jr., H. E., Met Trans, V6A, April, 1976
International Standards Organization (ISO)ISO 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
ICS Number Code 21.060.10 (Bolts, screws, studs)
UNSPSC Code 23153800(Coating systems)
ASTM F2660-13, Standard Test Method for Qualifying Coatings for Use on A490 Structural Bolts Relative to Environmental Hydrogen Embrittlement, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top