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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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.

Kuxhaus of MK Services Inc. It is likely that the darker, thicker oxide tints are w380-99 result of the formation of an oxide with higher iron and magnesium content; that is, reduced chromium content.

For certain exceptional applications, additional requirements which are not covered by this practice may be specified upon agreement between the manufacturer and the purchaser. The color of this film is a function of the film thickness that developed at various distances from the weld. Ast contaminants are volatilized and a3809-9 metal oxides including those of iron, nickel, and chromium will be reduced, resulting in a clean, oxide-free surface.

Figure 2 After removal of the heat tint oxide, evidence of in-service pitting in the HAZ is apparent. The treatments are then defined by the wstm classes. For more specific safety precautions see 7. 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.

ASTM A380 Passivation Standard

Extreme chloride concentrations may develop because of evaporation in systems that are not properly drained, which negates the corrosion protection expected of stainless steels. Bright astn entails heating the stainless steel to a suitably high temperature usually more than 1, degrees F, or 1, degrees C in a380-999 reducing atmosphere such as dry hydrogen gas.

On one hand, ASTM A notes that “Passivation is a process by which a stainless steel will spontaneously form a chemically inactive surface when exposed to air or other oxygen-containing environments. Under these conditions, the surface is astmm, or resistant to corrosion.

While the practice provides recommendations and information concerning the use of acids and other cleaning and descaling agents, it cannot encompass detailed cleaning procedures for specific types of equipment or installations.

He can be reached atfaxloper engr. EDTA is a chelating agent that keeps iron in solution over a wide pH range. While very effective as a passivator, this solution may have environmental ramifications. While it is essential that surface contamination be removed completely, it is the latter interpretation of passivation that relates to establishing the corrosion resistance of stainless steels.


This standard covers both nitric and citric acid treatments. 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 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.

Specific treatments are however also specified.

Passivation treatments are sometimes specified, but it is important to consider whether this is strictly necessary or not. Fabricators, designers, and users of stainless 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.

Keeping stainless steels stainless

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. You May Also Like. Such chemical treatment is generally not necessary for the formation of the passive film. If small regions of the surface are active, they will be readily attacked in a corrosive environment.

It therefore in no way precludes the necessity for careful planning and judgment in the selection and implementation of such procedures. 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. Best performance is achieved with a Cr-Fe ratio of the surface oxide of more than 1.

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.

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. Methods are described for the detection of free iron and transparent chemical and oily deposits. In the case of classes C3 and C4, a two step process is defined, with a clean water rinse between the two steps, shown in the table below.

Meaningful tests to establish the degree of cleanness of a surface are few, and those are often difficult to administer and to evaluate objectively. Passivation of stainless steels Introduction Stainless steels are designed to naturally self-passivate whenever a clean surface is exposed to an environment that can provide enough oxygen to form the chromium rich oxide surface layer, on astmm the corrosion resistance of these alloys depends.

Stainless steels cannot be passivated unless the steel surface is clean and free from contamination and scale from welding operations. Nitric acid alone can be used to remove light surface iron contamination after which the acid aastm the passivation of the cleaned a380-999 surface. More Content by Carl R. This test may be readily conducted on stainless steel sheet, tube, pipe, and fittings, as well as on welds and heat-affected zones HAZ.


This heat tint must be removed before the part is placed in service for optimum performance.

Article: Passivation of stainless steels

The stainless steel then is rapidly cooled through the temperature range of 1, and degrees F, or and degrees C to inhibit carbide precipitation, and then at lower temperatures exposed to air, where the protective oxide film forms spontaneously. Some of the various meanings associated with the term passivation that are in common usage include the following: It was at one time considered that an oxidizing treatment was necessary to establish this passive film, but it is now accepted that this film will form spontaneously in an oxygen-containing environment providing that the surface has been thoroughly cleaned or descaled.

This condition can be measured using electrochemical techniques as a potential of 0. 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. Parts treated however must pass specific tests to confirm the effectiveness of the passivation, although in practice the tests are for the detection of the effects of residual iron contamination on the surface of the parts.

Naturally occurring conditions such air or aerated water will do this and so under many exposure conditions stainless steels will naturally self-passivate.

Acid concentrations a3809-9 to 50 percent can be used, and the solution and residual effluent must be monitored closely. Others, such as food-handling, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and certain nuclear applications, ast, require extremely high levels of cleanness, including removal of all detectable residual chemical films and contaminants that are invisible to ordinary inspection methods. Today, it remains the only North American publication devoted to this industry and it has become the most trusted source of information for tube and pipe professionals.

In the interior of an orbitally welded section of L, the inner surface of the weld bead, and the adjacent HAZ, are covered with a varicolored oxide film, or heat tint. The presence of any free iron inadequate passivation is indicated by aastm deposition of copper on the surface where free iron a30-99 present.

In some cases, no more than degreasing or removal of gross contamination is necessary. Although they apply primarily to materials in the composition ranges of the austenitic, ferritic, and martensitic stainless steels, the practices described may also be useful for cleaning other metals if due consideration is given to corrosion and possible metallurgical effects.