ASTM B891-12

    Standard Specification for Seamless and Welded Titanium and Titanium Alloy Condenser and Heat Exchanger Tubes with Enhanced Surface for Improved Heat Transfer


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers seamless and welded titanium and titanium alloy tubing on which at least part of the external or internal surface has been enhanced by cold forming for improved heat transfer. The tubes are used in surface condensers, evaporators, heat exchangers, coils, and similar heat transfer apparatus in diameters up to and including 1 in. (25.4 mm). The base tube wall thickness is typically at least 0.049 in. average, but lighter gauge may be negotiated with the manufacturer.

    1.2 Tubing purchased to this specification will typically be inserted through close-fitting holes in tubesheets, baffles, or support plates spaced along the tube length such as defined in the Tubular Exchanger Manufacturers Association (TEMA) Standard. The tube ends will also be expanded, and may then be welded. Tube may also be bent to form U-tubes or be coiled or otherwise formed, although tight radii may require unenhanced length for the bends.

    1.3 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.

    1.4 The following precautionary statement pertains to the test method portion only: Section 8, 9, 10 and S1 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

    A1047/A1047M Test Method for Pneumatic Leak Testing of Tubing

    B338 Specification for Seamless and Welded Titanium and Titanium Alloy Tubes for Condensers and Heat Exchangers

    E426 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy-Current) Examination of Seamless and Welded Tubular Products, Austenitic Stainless Steel and Similar Alloys

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.060.30 (Boilers and heat exchangers)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40101802(Heat exchangers); 12141746(Titanium Ti)


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    DOI: 10.1520/B0891-12

    Citation Format

    ASTM B891-12, Standard Specification for Seamless and Welded Titanium and Titanium Alloy Condenser and Heat Exchanger Tubes with Enhanced Surface for Improved Heat Transfer, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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