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ASTM Steel Metallurgy, Heat Treatment, & 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 steel metallurgy and heat treatment to improve your ability to correctly:

  • read, write, and review a steel product specification and purchase order
  • based on ASTM Steel Standards/li>
  • including the basics of preparing or reviewing their material test reports (MTR) to evaluate the metallurgy (chemical composition) and heat treatment effects on the mechanical properties for 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. It is suggested that the ASTM Carbon and Alloy Steel Specifications & MTR course should be taken in advance of this course to learn "the basics" of the subject matter.

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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:

  • correctly identifying steel phases and microstructures in carbon and alloy steels as defined and used in ASTM steel standards;
  • recognizing the different types of steel heat treatments as specified ASTM steel standards, their functions, terminology, and requirements;
  • identifying all referenced ASTM steel standards required to be addressed when specifying heat treatment and any additional requirements for mechanical properties;
  • associating each metallurgical condition and heat treatment requirements in ASTM steel product specification and its general requirements specification;
  • navigating ASTM steel standards to identify mandatory, nonmandatory, and purchaser selected supplementary or additional heat treatment requirements.
  • distinguishing how and why ASTM steel standards differ metallurgical condition and heat treatment with varying product forms (e.g., plate, sheet, strip, pipe, shapes, forgings, etc.);
  • determining the roles of chemical elements in carbon and alloy steels and their effects on metallurgical condition and heat treatment;
  • determining when grain size should be addressed and distinguishing the difference between grain size number and grain size practice;
  • identifying when grain size is
    • required in ASTM Steel Standards
    • not required, but should be specified
    • how to measure grain size, and
    • how to obtain a specified grain size through heat treatment
  • determining why the anisotropic (grain) behavior of steels affect mechanical testing requirements specified in ASTM A370 for mechanical testing of steel products;
  • specifying appropriate heat treatment to achieve the specified mechanical properties of steels to design for anisotropic behavior;
  • analyzing a material test report for heat treatment and metallurgical requirements and their effects on the mechanical properties for product acceptance or rejection compliance with an ASTM steel specification, written product specification for an specific application, and purchase order.


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.