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This specification covers an alloy containing palladium, silver, copper, platinum, and nickel in the form of wire, rod, and strip for electrical contacts. The materials shall be processed by cold working, heat treating, annealing, turning, grinding, and pickling. The material shall conform to the required chemical composition of palladium, silver, copper, platinum, and nickel. The alloys shall conform to the required mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elongation, Knoop hardness, and Vickers hardness.
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1.1 This specification covers an alloy containing palladium, silver, copper, platinum, and nickel in the form of wire, rod, and strip for electrical contacts.
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.
1.3 The following precautionary statement pertains to the test method portion only, Section 7, 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 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.
B476 Specification for General Requirements for Wrought Precious Metal Electrical Contact Materials
E8 Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials
E384 Test Method for Knoop and Vickers Hardness of Materials
ICS Number Code 77.120.99 (Other non-ferrous metals and their alloys)
UNSPSC Code 11101711(Non ferrous alloy); 39121522(Electrical contacts)
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ASTM B563-01(2011), Standard Specification for Palladium-Silver-Copper Electrical Contact Alloy, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.orgBack to Top