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This specification covers aluminum-alloy high-strength castings in the following designations: A12010, A03540, A33550, A13560, and A13570. Castings covered by this specification are intended for use in airframe, missile, and other critical applications where high strength, ductility, and sound castings are required. Castings shall be classified by inspection classes: Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4 and shall be specified as Grade A, Grade B, Grade C, or Grade D based on radiographic quality. Requirements for the casting process, chemical composition analysis, preproduction sample, radiographic soundness and mechanical property control (including foundry control and acceptance procedure), heat treatment, tensile testing, and dimensions are detailed. The castings shall conform to the chemical composition prescribed for silicon, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, titanium, and aluminum, and to the specified mechanical properties such as tensile strength, yield strength and elongation.
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1.1 This specification covers aluminum-alloy high-strength castings designated as shown in .
1.2 Castings covered by this specification are intended for use in airframe, missile, and other critical applications where high strength, ductility, and sound castings are required.
1.3 Alloy and temper designations are in accordance with ANSI H35.1/H35.1 (M). The equivalent Unified Numbering System alloy designations are in accordance with Practice .
1.4 Unless the order specifies the “M” specification designation, the material shall be furnished to the inch-pound units.
1.5 For acceptance criteria for inclusion of new aluminum and aluminum alloys and their properties in this specification, see and .
1.6 Units—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.
1.7 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 regular 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.
B179 Specification for Aluminum Alloys in Ingot and Molten Forms for Castings from All Casting Processes
B275 Practice for Codification of Certain Nonferrous Metals and Alloys, Cast and Wrought
B557 Test Methods for Tension Testing Wrought and Cast Aluminum- and Magnesium-Alloy Products
B557M Test Methods for Tension Testing Wrought and Cast Aluminum- and Magnesium-Alloy Products (Metric)
B660 Practices for Packaging/Packing of Aluminum and Magnesium Products
B881 Terminology Relating to Aluminum- and Magnesium-Alloy Products
B917/B917M Practice for Heat Treatment of Aluminum-Alloy Castings from All Processes
B985 Practice for Sampling Aluminum Ingots, Billets, Castings and Finished or Semi-Finished Wrought Aluminum Products for Compositional Analysis
D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
E34 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum-Base Alloys
E94 Guide for Radiographic Examination
E155 Reference Radiographs for Inspection of Aluminum and Magnesium Castings
E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General Industry
E527 Practice for Numbering Metals and Alloys in the Unified Numbering System (UNS)
E607 Test Method for Atomic Emission Spectrometric Analysis Aluminum Alloys by the Point to Plane Technique Nitrogen Atmosphere
E716 Practices for Sampling and Sample Preparation of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys for Determination of Chemical Composition by Spectrochemical Analysis
E1251 Test Method for Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry
E2422 Digital Reference Images for Inspection of Aluminum Castings
AMS StandardAMS 2771 Heat Treatment of Aluminum Alloy Castings
ICS Number Code 77.150.10 (Aluminium products)
UNSPSC Code 31100000(Castings and casting assemblies); 11101711(Non ferrous alloy)
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ASTM B686 / B686M-14, Standard Specification for Aluminum Alloy Castings, High-Strength, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top