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ASTM Stainless Steel Specifications & Material Test Reports

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About the Course

This three-day course is designed for the purchaser, manufacturer, fabricator, supplier, or others to learn the basics of stainless steels to improve your ability to correctly:

  • read, write, and review a stainless steel product specification and purchase order,
  • based on ASTM Stainless 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 improve your abilities to read, write, and review stainless steel product specifications, purchase orders, and abilities to evaluate product acceptance and rejection based on ASTM standards by:

  • identifying the different types of ASTM stainless steel standards, their functions, terminology, and designation systems, including UNS Numbers, and 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 or UNS Number, hot or cold finished, heat treatment, surface finish, size, dimensions, supplementary and special requirements, test reports required, etc.
  • correctly categorizing stainless steels as:
    • austenitic,
    • ferritic,
    • duplex,
    • martensitic, and
    • precipitation hardening;
  • 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, shapes, forgings, etc.);
  • determining the roles of chemical elements in stainless steels for corrosion resistance and heat resistance applications;
  • 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 why it may need to be modified for specific stainless steel properties;
  • correctly specifying ASTM standard corrosion test methods.
  • correctly specifying NDE and other QC requirements.


This course is designed for all personnel involved with stainless 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.