Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM E415-99a(2005)

Standard Test Method for Optical Emission Vacuum Spectrometric Analysis of Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel

Significance and Use

This test method for the spectrometric analysis of metals and alloys is primarily intended to test such materials for compliance with compositional specifications. It is assumed that all who use this test method will be analysts capable of performing common laboratory procedures skillfully and safely. It is expected that work will be performed in a properly equipped laboratory.


1.1 This test method covers the simultaneous determination of 20 alloying and residual elements in carbon and low-alloy steels in the concentration ranges shown (Note 1).

Note 1

The concentration ranges of the elements listed have been established through cooperative testing of reference materials. Included, in addition to the original data of Test Method E 415 - 71, are data from cooperative testing of a broader range of reference materials to expand the element concentration ranges.

1.2 This test method covers analysis of specimens having a diameter adequate to overlap the bore of the spark stand opening (to effect an argon seal). The specimen thickness should be between 10 and 38 mm.

1.3 This test method covers the routine control analysis of preliminary and ladle tests from either basic oxygen, open-hearth, or electric furnaces and analysis of processed material. It is designed for either chill-cast or rolled and forged specimens. The reference materials and specimens should be of similar metallurgical condition and composition.

1.4 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: 03.05
Developed by Subcommittee: E01.01
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.1520/E0415-99AR05
ICS Code: 77.080.20