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ASTM A788/A788M-16a

Standard Specification for Steel Forgings, General Requirements

Standard Specification for Steel Forgings, General Requirements A0788_A0788M-16A ASTM|A0788_A0788M-16A|en-US Standard Specification for Steel Forgings, General Requirements Standard new BOS Vol. 01.05 Committee A01
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This specification covers a group of common requirements that, unless covered by the individual product specification in another ASTM document, applies to steel forgings for general use. Materials shall be produced primarily by either electric-furnace, basic oxygen, vacuum-induction (VIM), or open-hearth melting process. The primary melting may incorporate separate degassing or refining and may be followed by secondary melting, using electro slag (ESR) or vacuum arc remelting (VAR). Steel shall be forged by any of these three classes based on forging temperature: cold-worked forging, hot-cold-worked forging, or hot-worked forging. After forging, specimens shall be allowed to cool prior to reheating for heat treatment. Details of heat and product analyses for the evaluation of chemical composition are thoroughly discussed. Tension and hardness tests shall be conducted to evaluate mechanical properties such as percentage of elongation and reduction of area. Repair welding shall not be allowed unless permitted by the product specification.


1.1 This specification2 covers a group of common requirements that, unless otherwise specified in the individual product specification, shall apply to steel forgings under any of the following specifications issued by ASTM:

ASTM Designation





Carbon Steel Forgings for Pressure Vessel Components


Carbon and Alloy Steel Forgings for Magnetic Retaining Rings for Turbine Generators


Alloy Steel Forgings for Nonmagnetic Retaining Rings for Generators


Carbon and Alloy Steel Forgings for Rings for Reduction Gears


Steel Forgings, Carbon and Alloy, for Pinions, Gears, and Shafts for Reduction Gears


Alloy Steel Forgings for Pressure and High-Temperature Parts


Carbon and Alloy Steel Forgings for Thin-Walled Pressure Vessels


Wrought Alloy Steel Rolls for Cold and Hot Reduction


Vacuum-Treated Steel Forgings for Generator Rotors


Vacuum-Treated Carbon and Alloy Steel Forgings for Turbine Rotors and Shafts


Vacuum-Treated Alloy Steel Forgings for Turbine Rotor Disks and Wheels


Wrought Carbon Steel Wheels


Quenched and Tempered Vacuum-Treated Carbon and Alloy Steel Forgings for Pressure Vessels


Steel, Closed-Impression Die Forgings for General Industrial Use


Quenched and Tempered Carbon and Alloy Steel Forgings for Pressure Vessel Components


Superstrength Alloy Steel Forgings


High-Strength Quenched and Tempered Low-Alloy Steel Forged Parts for Pressure Vessels


Premium Quality Alloy Steel Blooms and Billets for Aircraft and Aerospace Forgings


Forged Steel Rolls Used for Corrugating Paper Machinery


Steel Forgings, Carbon and Alloy, for General Industrial Use


Steel Forging Stock


Alloy Steel Forgings for High-Strength Pressure Component Application


Carbon and Alloy Steel Axles, Heat Treated, for Mass Transit and Electric Railway Service


Carbon Steel and Low-Alloy Steel Pressure-Vessel-Component Forgings with Mandatory Toughness Requirements


Vacuum-Treated 12 % Chromium Alloy Steel Forgings for Turbine Rotors and Shafts


Steel Forgings, Alloy, for Carburizing Applications


Age-Hardening Alloy Steel Forgings for Pressure Vessel Components


Precipitation Hardening Iron Base Superalloy Forgings for Turbine Rotor Disks and Wheels


Steel Forgings, Microalloy, for General Industrial Use


Vacuum Treated Steel Forgings, Alloy, Differentially Heat Treated, for Turbine Rotors


Steel Forgings, Austenitic, for Pressure and High Temperature Parts


Steel Forgings, Stainless, for Compressor and Turbine Airfoils


Specification for Continuous Grain Flow Forged Carbon and Alloy Steel Crankshafts for Medium Speed Diesel Engines


Magnetic Particle Examination of Continuous Grain Flow Crankshaft Forgings


Martensitic Stainless Steel Forgings and Forging Stock for High-Temperature Service


Stainless Steel Forgings, Ferritic/Austenitic (Duplex), for Pressure Vessels and Related Components

1.2 In case of conflict in requirements, the requirements of the individual product specifications shall prevail over those of this specification.

1.3 The purchaser may specify additional requirements (see 4.2.3) that do not negate any of the provisions of either this specification or of the individual product specifications. The acceptance of any such additional requirements shall be dependent on negotiations with the supplier and must be included in the order.

1.4 If, by agreement, forgings are to be supplied in a partially completed condition, that is, all of the provisions of the product specification have not been filled, then the material marking (see Section 17) and certification (see Section 16) shall reflect the extent to which the product specification requirements have been met.

1.5 As noted in the Certification Section (16), the number and year date of this specification, as well as that of the product specification, are required to be included in the product certification.

1.6 When the SI version of a product specification is required by the purchase order, Specification A788/A788M shall be used in conjunction with Test Methods A1058 instead of Test Methods and Definitions A370.

1.7 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.

1.8 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 regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 01.05
Developed by Subcommittee: A01.06
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.1520/A0788_A0788M-16A
ICS Code: 77.140.85