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ASTM Carbon & Alloy Steel Specifications & Material Test Reports

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About the Course

This two-day course is designed for the purchaser, manufacturer, fabricator, supplier, and others to learn the basics of carbon and alloy steels to improve your ability to correctly:

  • read, write, and review a steel product specification and purchase order,
  • based on ASTM Steel Standards,
  • including the basics of preparing or reviewing their material test reports to evaluate product acceptance or rejection.

These goals are achieved by studying more than 50 Connecting-the-Standards© Examples covering more than 40 ASTM specifications, test methods, practices, and terminology standards.

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Learning Outcomes

After this course you will be able to write steel product specifications and purchase orders based on ASTM standards by:

  • identifying the different types of ASTM steel standards, their functions, terminology, and designation systems, including how and why they differ from other steel specifications and designations like AISI, ASME, SAE, etc.;
  • identifying common ordering information required by ASTM standards, e.g., specification designation, year-date, grade, hot or cold finished, heat treatment, size, dimensions, supplementary and special requirements, test reports, etc.;
  • correctly classifying and defining steels in accordance with ASTM A941 as:
    • carbon steel,
    • low-alloy steel,
    • high-strength low-alloy steel,
    • microalloyed steel, or
    • alloy steel;
  • associating each ASTM product specification with its general requirements specification;
  • identifying mandatory, nonmandatory or not included, and purchaser selected requirements;
  • distinguishing how and why ASTM specifications differ with varying product forms, such as plate, sheet, strip, pipe, tube, shapes, forgings, etc.);
  • determining the roles of chemical elements in steels, including specified, unspecified, and residual elements;
  • determining how and why carbon and manganese affect the mechanical properties of steels;
  • distinguishing between a heat and lot of steel, including differences between heat analysis and product analysis;
  • evaluating how and why the ASTM A370 standard for mechanical testing of steel products is specified; and
  • correctly specifying NDE and other QC requirements.


This course is designed for all personnel involved with steels and particularly ASTM Steel Standards, such as: engineers, inspectors, QA/QC coordinators, NDE examiners, purchasers, inventory control personnel, tradespeople, manufacturing, fabricating and repair companies, engineering procurement companies, construction 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.

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