ASTM Standards: What are Carbon Steels?

    Price: $150.00

    Course Description

    This on demand webinar is designed for all individuals who work with steels. You will learn how ASTM standards define carbon steel, including chemical requirements, and the effect of chemistry on mechanical properties, improving your ability to compare grades of carbon steel. These new skills will improve your ability to identify the correct ASTM specification, grade, and their requirements when ordering steel products and reviewing material test reports (MTRs).

    These goals are achieved through the use of many Connecting-the-Standards© examples, including: ASTM product specifications, general requirements specifications, test methods, and terminology standards.

    Online access is available for one year from the date of purchase.

    Learning Outcomes

    Participants who successfully complete this on demand webinar will be able to:

    • recall the ASTM standard definition for carbon steel and compare the differences between low-carbon, medium-carbon, and high-carbon steels;
    • explain how ASTM carbon steel product specifications and grades are designated and how do they differ from other steel designations like SAE and AISI;
    • list the common steelmaking elements C, Mn, Si, P, S and their ASTM Standard test method for chemical analysis;
    • describe the differences between "residual elements" versus "unspecified elements" in carbon steel and how they are addressed within ASTM standards;
    • describe the differences between a "heat" versus "lot" of steel and differences between "heat analysis" versus "product analysis" and how they are addressed within ASTM standards;
    • discuss the significance of carbon and manganese contents in carbon steels and how they affect mechanical properties listed in ASTM standards;
    • recall how ASTM steel standards indicate that there is no requirement for a specific chemical element or mechanical property; and
    • describe common applications for carbon steels.

    Who Should Attend

    This on demand webinar is designed for all personnel involved with steels, such as: engineers, inspectors, QA/QC technicians, NDE examiners, purchasers, inventory control personnel, tradespeople, manufacturing and repair companies, engineering procurement companies, and others working in most industries that use steel, including: civil construction (buildings, bridges), pressure equipment, ship building, water treatment, pipelines, oil and gas industries (oilfield, upgraders, refineries, etc.), chemical plants, petroleum refining, petrochemical plants, power plants, pulp and paper plants, fertilizer plants, and many others.

    Course Outline

    • What is carbon steel?
      • ASTM definition of carbon steel?
    • How are ASTM carbon steel product specifications and grades designated and how do they differ from other steel designations like SAE and AISI?
    • What is the chemical composition of carbon steel?
      • common steelmaking elements: C, Mn, Si/Al, P, S
      • chemical compositions in product and general specifications
      • residual elements in steels
      • ASTM use of ellipsis (...) for identifying no requirement
    • What are the differences between:
      • heat analysis
      • product analysis
      • lot analysis
    • What is the significance of carbon content in carbon steels?
      • What are the differences between:
        • low-carbon steels
        • medium-carbon steels
        • high-carbon steels
    • How does carbon and manganese content affect the mechanical properties of carbon steel?

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    Certificate and CEUs

    Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate of completion will be issued.

    This course is not eligible for CEU's

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