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This specification covers stainless steel wire, except the free-machining types. It includes round, square, octagon, hexagon, and shape wire in coils only for the more commonly used types of stainless steels for general corrosion resistance and high-temperature service. The steel specimens shall undergo the following conditions: (1) annealed as a final heat treatment; (2) cold worked to higher strength; (3) heat treated to an intermediate temper; or (4) heat treated to a hard temper by austenitizing, quenching, and tempering at a relatively low temperature. The materials shall be cold drawn, annealed, and pickled. The steel wires shall conform to the required chemical compositions of carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, chromium, nickel, molybdenum, nitrogen, and other elements such as niobium , vanadium, copper, tantalum, titanium and cobalt. Mechanical test shall be performed wherein in the steel specimens shall conform to the required values of tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation. The martensitic grades shall conform to the required values of hardness after heat treatment.
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1.1 This specification covers stainless steel wire, except the free-machining types. It includes round, square, octagon, hexagon, and shape wire in coils only for the more commonly used types of stainless steels for general corrosion resistance and high-temperature service. For bars in straightened and cut lengths, see Specifications or .
Note 1: For free-machining stainless wire, designed especially for optimum machinability, see Specification .
1.2 Unless the order specifies the applicable “M” specification designation, the material shall be furnished to the inch-pound units.
1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the 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.
A276 Specification for Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes
A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products
A479/A479M Specification for Stainless Steel Bars and Shapes for Use in Boilers and Other Pressure Vessels
A555/A555M Specification for General Requirements for Stainless Steel Wire and Wire Rods
A581/A581M Specification for Free-Machining Stainless Steel Wire and Wire Rods
E527 Practice for Numbering Metals and Alloys in the Unified Numbering System (UNS)
Society of Automotive Engineers StandardJ1086 Numbering Metals and Alloys
ICS Number Code 77.140.65 (Steel wire, wir ropes and link chains)
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