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This standard specification establishes the requirements for seamless copper tube coils, suitable for use in refrigeration and air conditioning or other uses, such as oil lines and gasoline lines. The material of manufacture shall be cast billet, bar, tube and so forth of Copper Alloys No. C10200, C10300, C10800, C12000, or C12200. The tube shall be manufactured by such hot and cold working processes needed to produce a homogeneous, uniform wrought structure. The tube shall be cold drawn to the prescribed finish size and wall thickness. When the cold-drawn temper is required, the final drawing operation shall conform to the specified temper properties. When the annealed temper is required, the tube shall be annealed after the final cold draw to the specified temper properties. The product shall conform to the prescribed electrical mass resistivity, tensile strength, yield strength, Rockwell hardness, and expansion. Each tube shall be subjected to an eddy-current test. Particular coppers shall be tested to meet the cuprous oxide, embrittlement, and cleanness requirements.
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1.1 This specification establishes the requirements for seamless copper tube in coils, suitable for use in refrigeration and air conditioning or other uses, such as oil lines and gasoline lines.
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.
1.3 The tube shall be produced of the following coppers. Unless otherwise specified, tubes made from any one of these coppers may be supplied:
Type of Copper
Oxygen-free without residual deoxidantsA
Oxygen-free, extra low phosphorusA
Oxygen-free, low phosphorusA
Phosphorized, low residual phosphorus
Phosphorized, high residual phosphorus
1.4 The following safety hazards caveat pertains to the test method portion, Section , 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 establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
B153 Test Method for Expansion (Pin Test) of Copper and Copper-Alloy Pipe and Tubing
B170 Specification for Oxygen-Free Electrolytic CopperRefinery Shapes
B193 Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials
B224 Classification of Coppers
B251 Specification for General Requirements for Wrought Seamless Copper and Copper-Alloy Tube (Metric) B0251_B0251M
B577 Test Methods for Detection of Cuprous Oxide (Hydrogen Embrittlement Susceptibility) in Copper
B601 Classification for Temper Designations for Copper and Copper AlloysWrought and Cast
B846 Terminology for Copper and Copper Alloys
E2 Methods of Preparation of Micrographs of Metals and Alloys (Including Recommended Practice for Photography As Applied to Metallography); Replaced by E 883
E3 Guide for Preparation of Metallographic Specimens
E8/E8M Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials
E18 Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
E53 Test Method for Determination of Copper in Unalloyed Copper by Gravimetry
E62 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Copper and Copper Alloys (Photometric Methods)
E112 Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size
E243 Practice for Electromagnetic (Eddy Current) Examination of Copper and Copper-Alloy Tubes
E255 Practice for Sampling Copper and Copper Alloys for the Determination of Chemical Composition
E2575 Test Method for Determination of Oxygen in Copper and Copper Alloys by Inert Gas Fusion
ICS Number Code 77.150.30 (Copper products)
UNSPSC Code 40182000(Seamless copper tubes)
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