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This specification covers general requirements common to wrought precious metal electrical contact alloy products in the form of sheet, strip, wire, and rod. The raw material shall be of such quality and purity that the finished product shall have the properties and characteristics prescribed in the applicable product specification. The product shall be produced by a combination of hot or cold working operations, it shall be finished, unless otherwise specified, by cold working, annealing, or heat treatment as may be necessary to meet the specified properties. Surfaces of all material furnished to this specification shall be smooth, clean, and free from scratches, stains, rough spots, slivers, laps, scale, pits, and any other injurious defects. Test methods such as chemical analysis and physical tests shall be performed accordingly.
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.
Significance and Use
For purpose of determining compliance with the specified limits for requirements of the properties listed in the following table, an observed value or a calculated value shall be rounded as indicated in accordance with Practice E29.
for Observed or
Knoop (100-g load unless other-
Vicker (specify load)
Rockwell (all scales, specify which)
Rockwell superficial (all scales,
|nearest unit on the last right|
hand place of figure of
|Tensile strength||psi (MPa)||nearest 1000 psi (nearest 10|
|Yield Strength||psi (MPa)||nearest 1000 psi (nearest|
|Below 5 %||percent||nearest multiple of 0.5 %|
|5 % and over||percent||nearest 1 %|
|Up to 0.055 mm incl.||mm||nearest multiple of 0.005|
|Over 0.055 to 0.160, mm, incl.||mm||nearest 0.01 mm|
1.1 This specification covers general requirements common to wrought precious metal electrical contact alloy products in the form of sheet, strip, wire, and rod. Unless otherwise specified in the purchase order or in an individual specification, these general requirements shall apply to wrought electrical contact materials where indicated in the applicable product specifications issued by ASTM.
1.2 In case of conflict, the requirements on the purchase order, the individual specification, and this general specification shall prevail in the sequence named.
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 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 become familiar with all hazards including those identified in the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for this product/material as provided by the manufacturer, 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.
B63 Test Method for Resistivity of Metallically Conducting Resistance and Contact Materials
B772 Guide for Specifying the Chemical Compositions for Electrical Contact Materials (Arcing and Nonarcing)
E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens
E8 Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
E55 Practice for Sampling Wrought Nonferrous Metals and Alloys for Determination of Chemical Composition
E112 Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size
E384 Test Method for Knoop and Vickers Hardness of Materials
ICS Number Code 77.120.99 (Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys)
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ASTM B476-01(2012), Standard Specification for General Requirements for Wrought Precious Metal Electrical Contact Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.orgBack to Top