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This specification establishes the requirements for electrolytic copper cathode; electrorefined and electrowon. The cathode furnished shall conform to the chemical composition requirements specified. Cathodes shall withstand ordinary handling without breakage or excessive separation of nodules. They shall be substantially free of all foreign material; for example, copper sulfate, dirt, grease, and oil. Electrical resistivity of the cathodes shall be determined as the mean of results from four specimens.
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Significance and Use
13.1 Calculated values shall be rounded to the desired number of places as directed in Practice .
1.1 This specification establishes the requirements for electrolytic copper cathode; electrorefined and electrowon.
1.2 Units—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.
Note 1: Cathode produced to this specification corresponds to the designation “Cath” as defined in Classification and may be used to produce all other coppers listed in Classification that are normally produced from “Cath” copper.
Note 2: Grade 1 cathode conforms to the chemical compositional requirements of Copper UNS No. C11040, except for oxygen, and is suitable for the manufacture of wire rod as designated in Specification .
1.3 The following hazard caveat applies to the test methods described in 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. of this specification:
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
B49 Specification for Copper Rod for Electrical Purposes
B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials
B224 Classification of Coppers
B846 Terminology for Copper and Copper Alloys
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
E50 Practices for Apparatus, Reagents, and Safety Considerations for Chemical Analysis of Metals, Ores, and Related Materials
E53 Test Method for Determination of Copper in Unalloyed Copper by Gravimetry
ICS Number Code 77.150.30 (Copper products)
UNSPSC Code 32141101(Cathodes or emitters)
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ASTM B115-10(2016), Standard Specification for Electrolytic Copper Cathode, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.orgBack to Top