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    ASTM F3043 - 15

    Standard Specification for “Twist Off” Type Tension Control Structural Bolt/Nut/Washer Assemblies, Alloy Steel, Heat Treated, 200 ksi Minimum Tensile Strength

    Active Standard ASTM F3043 | Developed by Subcommittee: F16.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 01.08


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    Significance and Use

    A2.4 Significance and Use

    A2.4.1 This test method describes the testing procedure that shall be used to qualify material for use in ASTM F3043 bolts made of any steel composition permitted by this specification. The test method measures the susceptibility of the material to the influence of an externally applied potential (see A2.7.2.3.2) by testing for the threshold of embrittlement in a salt solution environment.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers one style of heat treated, alloy steel, tension control bolt-nut-washer assemblies, also referred to as “sets,” having a tensile strength of 200 to 215 ksi. These assemblies are capable of developing a minimum predetermined tension when installed by applying torque to the nut, while at the same time applying a counter torque to separate the spline end from the body of the bolt using an appropriate spline drive installation tool.

    1.2 An assembly consists of a tension control bolt with spline end, nut and washer covered by this specification.

    1.3 The assemblies are available with round heads described in Section 10, in sizes 1 in. to 11/4 in. inclusive.

    1.4 The fastener assemblies are intended for use in structural connections in the following environmental conditions:

    1.4.1 Interiors, normally dry, including interiors where structural steel is embedded in concrete, encased in masonry or protected by membrane or noncorrosive contact type fireproofing.

    1.4.2 Interiors and exteriors, normally dry, under roof, where the installed assemblies are soundly protected by a shop-applied or field-applied coating to the structural steel system.

    1.5 The fastener assemblies are not intended for use in structural connections in the following environments, with or without protection by a shop-applied or field-applied coating to the structural steel system:

    1.5.1 Exteriors not under roof.

    1.5.2 Chemical environments in which strong concentrations of highly corrosive gases, fumes, or chemicals, either in solution or as concentrated liquids or solids, contact the fasteners or their protective coating.

    1.5.3 Heavy industrial environments severe enough to be classified as a chemical environment as described in 1.5.2.

    1.5.4 Condensation and high humidity environments maintaining almost continuous condensation, including submerged in water and soil.

    1.5.5 Cathodically protected environments, in which current is applied to the structural steel system by the sacrificial anode method or the DC power method.

    1.6 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.7 The following precautionary statement pertains only to the test method portions, Section 13, Section 14 and Annex A2 of this Specification: 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

    A751 Test Methods, Practices, and Terminology for Chemical Analysis of Steel Products

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E8/E8M Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials

    E709 Guide for Magnetic Particle Testing

    E1444 Practice for Magnetic Particle Testing

    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

    F788/F788M Specification for Surface Discontinuities of Bolts, Screws, and Studs, Inch and Metric Series

    F812/F812M Specification for Surface Discontinuities of Nuts, Inch and Metric Series

    F1470 Practice for Fastener Sampling for Specified Mechanical Properties and Performance Inspection

    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

    F2328 Test Method for Determining Decarburization and Carburization in Hardened and Tempered Threaded Steel Bolts, Screws, Studs, and Nuts

    F2660 Test Method for Qualifying Coatings for Use on A490 Structural Bolts Relative to Environmental Hydrogen Embrittlement

    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


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    DOI: 10.1520/F3043-15

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    ASTM F3043-15, Standard Specification for “Twist Off” Type Tension Control Structural Bolt/Nut/Washer Assemblies, Alloy Steel, Heat Treated, 200 ksi Minimum Tensile Strength, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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