ASTM A380-99 PDF

1 This practice is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Last previous edition approved in as A – 99 (). Standard. Standard number, ASTM-A ; ASTM-A Title, Standard Practice for Cleaning, Descaling, and Passivation of Stainless. May 2nd, – Below is a technical summary of specification ASTM A 99 Advanced Plating Technologies is not. Gold plating is an exceptional finish for.

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This condition will accelerate the rate of metal dissolution into the surrounding electrolyte.

This astmm covers both nitric and citric acid treatments. The treatments are then defined by the process classes. Thus, passivation may refer to the chemical removal of free iron or iron compounds from the surface, or it may refer to the spontaneous development of a chemically inactive surface protective oxide film on the stainless steel. More Content by Carl R. Others, such as food-handling, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and certain nuclear applications, may require extremely high levels of cleanness, including removal of all detectable residual chemical films and contaminants that are invisible to ordinary inspection methods.

This heat tint must be removed before the part is placed in service for optimum performance. While very effective as a passivator, this solution may have environmental ramifications. However, some confusion still exists about the definition of passivation and what really causes a passive film to form on the surface of stainless steel. Acid concentrations up to 50 percent can be used, and the solution and residual effluent must be monitored closely.

The standard notes that the high carbon martensitic stainless steels, such as C, are not suitable for acid passivation as they can be attacked or be subject to hydrogen embrittlement.

EDTA is a chelating agent that keeps iron in solution over a wide pH range. Citric acid is a less hazardous method and has environmental benefits in terms of ‘NOx’ fume emission and waste acid disposal.

Keeping stainless steels stainless

In both procedures the surface is cleaned of contaminants and the metal surface is subsequently oxidized. Passivation is the process of forming a protective oxide film on stainless steel. It was at one time considered that an oxidizing treatment was necessary to establish this passive film, but it is now accepted that s380-99 film will form spontaneously in an oxygen-containing environment providing that the surface has been thoroughly cleaned or descaled.


For certain exceptional applications, additional requirements which are not covered by this practice may be specified upon agreement between the manufacturer and the purchaser. When the section was placed in service, a corrosive environment preferentially attacked the stainless steel surface under the heat tint. Under these conditions, the surface is passive, or resistant to corrosion.

Passivation results in the formation of an oxide film having a higher chromium-to-iron ratio than the underlying stainless steel because of the preferential oxidation of chromium and the preferential dissolution of iron. Typical chemical treatment involves exposing the stainless steel surface to an oxidizing acid solution in which the significant variables are time, temperature, and concentration. Visual inspection is suitable for the detection of gross contamination, scale, rust, and particulates, but may not reveal the presence of thin films of oil or residual chemical films.

It is essential that the entire surface be in a passive condition. If small regions of the surface are active, they will be readily attacked in a corrosive environment. Figure 1 This interior view of a weld made on L exhibits the formation of heat tint on the weld and HAZ caused by the presence of oxygen during orbital welding.

On the other hand, some of the practices may be applicable for these purposes. Best performance is achieved with a Cr-Fe ratio of the surface oxide of more than 1. Today, it remains the only North American publication devoted to this industry and it has become the most trusted ast, of information for tube a38099 pipe professionals. Unless otherwise specified, it is this definition of passivation that is taken as the meaning of a specified requirement for passivation.

Range C Time mins. Die fully sensored and still getting miss-hits? The thicker this heat tint oxide is, the greater the probability that corrosion will occur beneath the oxide film. Pickling, passivation and removing iron contamination with nitric acid Passivation treatments are sometimes specified, but it is important to consider whether this is strictly necessary or not.


Stainless steels cannot be ast unless the steel surface is clean and free from contamination and scale from welding operations.

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Active view current version of standard. The term “iron,” when hereinafter referred to as a surface contaminant, shall denote free iron.

In some cases, no more than degreasing or removal of gross contamination is necessary. This test may be readily conducted on stainless steel sheet, tube, pipe, and fittings, as well as on welds and heat-affected zones HAZ.

Fabricators, designers, astn users of wstm steel components must understand the factors involved in successful passivation, identify the conditions under which that protective oxide film may be compromised, and use techniques that expose inadequate passivation. Such chemical treatment is generally not necessary for the formation of the passive film.

Process Class Stainless Steel Types C1 or C2 Austenitics, austenitic precipitation hardening and duplex C3 High chromium martensitics C4 Ferritics, martensitics and martensitic precipitation hardening.

Article: Passivation of stainless steels

He can be reached atfaxloper engr. Although they apply primarily to materials in the composition ranges of the austenitic, ferritic, and martensitic stainless steels, the axtm described may also be useful for cleaning other metals if due consideration is given to corrosion and possible metallurgical effects.

The standard also allows any combination of citric acid concentration, temperature and time, provided that the passivation test criteria can be met. Kuxhaus of MK Services Inc. An example of reduced corrosion resistance is shown in Figure 1. This protective film develops when more than It should be stressed that the protective oxide film formed during effective passivation of the stainless steel is transparent and not observable to the naked eye.