ASTM G103 - 97(2011)

    Standard Practice for Evaluating Stress-Corrosion Cracking Resistance of Low Copper 7XXX Series Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys in Boiling 6% Sodium Chloride Solution

    Active Standard ASTM G103 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02

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    Significance and Use

    This practice is normally used for stress-corrosion screening for the development of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than 0.26 % copper. Effects on stress-corrosion resistance due to variables such as composition, thermo-mechanical processing, other fabrication variables, and magnitude of applied stress may be compared.

    For a given mechanical method of stressing, the relative stress-corrosion resistance of the low copper Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys in atmospheric exposure correlates better with performance in boiling 6 % sodium chloride solution than with other accelerated testing media (7-9). In addition, this practice is relatively rapid.

    This practice is not applicable to 2XXX (Al-Cu), 5XXX (Al-Mg), 6XXX (Al-Mg-Si), and the 7XXX (Al-Zn-Mg-Cu) series alloys containing more than 1.2 % copper.

    4.3.1 For 7XXX series alloys containing between 0.26 % and 1.2 % copper, there is no general agreement as to whether this practice or Practice G 44 correlates better with stress-corrosion resistance in service (5-8, 10).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice primarily covers the test medium which may be used with a variety of test specimens and methods of applying stress. Exposure times, criteria of failure, and so on, are variable and not specified.

    1.2 This stress-corrosion testing practice is intended for statically loaded smooth non-welded or welded specimens of 7XXX series Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys containing less than 0.26 % copper.

    This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. 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. See Section for additional precautions.

    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

    B580 Specification for Anodic Oxide Coatings on Aluminum

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    G30 Practice for Making and Using U-Bend Stress-Corrosion Test Specimens

    G38 Practice for Making and Using C-Ring Stress-Corrosion Test Specimens

    G39 Practice for Preparation and Use of Bent-Beam Stress-Corrosion Test Specimens

    G44 Practice for Exposure of Metals and Alloys by Alternate Immersion in Neutral 3.5 % Sodium Chloride Solution

    G49 Practice for Preparation and Use of Direct Tension Stress-Corrosion Test Specimens

    G58 Practice for Preparation of Stress-Corrosion Test Specimens for Weldments

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 77.120.10 (Aluminium and aluminium alloys)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114604(Corrosion testers)

    DOI: 10.1520/G0103-97R11

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