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    ASTM A502 - 03(2015)

    Standard Specification for Rivets, Steel, Structural

    Active Standard ASTM A502 | Developed by Subcommittee: F16.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 01.09

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    This specification covers the chemical composition, mechanical (Brinell hardness), dimensional, and visual inspection requirements, and associated test methods for steel rivets used for structural fabricating purposes. The steel used to make the rivets shall be manufactured by the open-hearth, basic-oxygen, or electric-furnace process, and the corresponding rivets shall be made by the hot or cold heading process and are expected to be hot driven. The rivets are available in the following grades: Grade 1, carbon steel rivets for general purpose use; Grade 2, carbon manganese steel rivets for use with high strength carbon and high strength low alloy structural steels; and Grade 3, weathering steel rivets.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers three grades of steel rivets in diameters from 1/2 to 11/2 in. inclusive, for structural fabricating purposes. The grades are as follows:




    Carbon steel rivets for general purpose use


    Carbon manganese steel rivets for use with high strength carbon and high strength low alloy structural steels


    Weathering steel rivets

    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.

    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

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    F606/F606M Test Methods for Determining the Mechanical Properties of Externally and Internally Threaded Fasteners, Washers, Direct Tension Indicators, and Rivets

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

    G101 Guide for Estimating the Atmospheric Corrosion Resistance of Low-Alloy Steels

    ASME Standard

    B18.1.2 Large Rivets (12 Inch Nominal Diameter and Larger) Available from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASME International Headquarters, Three Park Ave., New York, NY 10016-5990, http://www.asme.org.

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 21.060.40 (Rivets)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/A0502-03R15

    Citation Format

    ASTM A502-03(2015), Standard Specification for Rivets, Steel, Structural, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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