Intergranular Corrosion Test (IGC) per ASTM A At TCR Engineering Services, several methods exist for the testing of intergranular corrosion. To conduct. Detecting Susceptibility to Intergranular Attack in Austenitic Stainless Steels. ASTM A is the specification which governs five practices used to determine if the. Abstract. A detailed study of AISI and stainless steels (SSs) has been conducted to correlate the degree of sensitization (DOS) measured by the.

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Methods B and E qstm suggested for all grades of series austenitic alloys, while method F is suggested for cast type alloys.

Where a standard is included in a purchase specification, this must be followed, although it is advised that unsuitable tests, such as the Huey test for duplex and super austenitic stainless steels, are queried. The test evaluates the resistance of extra-low-carbon steels to sensitization and intergranular attack from welding or heat treatment processes. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

It is informational only and not adtm official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. Similar to the Streicher test, the Huey test method uses a nitric acid solution and subjects the specimen to five hour boiling intervals. The test is generally performed for acceptance of materials, but not sufficient for rejection of materials.

This test is used exclusively to determine corrosion in areas high in chromium carbide formations, and is not as effective for intergranular attack caused by other means.

The samples are etched after metallographic preparation for cross-sectional examination which is thoroughly viewed with a traverse from inside to outside diameters of rods and tubes, from face to face on plates, and across all zones such as weld metal, weld-affected zones, and base plates on specimens containing welds. The first and fastest step is the ASTM A Practice A, a rapid same-day screening method in Oxalic acid to determine the susceptibility to intergranular corrosion.


ASTM A Intergranular Corrosion Testing and Analysis

This test should be avoided for most CRAs, except in the circumstances described below, in section 4. The Huey test works well to analyze chromium depleted regions and intermetallic precipitates, such as sigma phase, and is also used for materials in strongly oxidizing environments such as nitric acid.

Practice E, the Strauss test, is aztm to assess attack associated with chromium-rich carbide formation; it does not detect susceptibility to sigma phase formation.

What is your typical turnaround time? Practice F, is a hour weight-loss based analysis that provides a quantitative measure of the materials performance, and is commonly used to analyze as-received stainless steels. This method is preferable for chromium depletions and corrosion in intermetallic phases.

Table 1 below shows the various methods for four common standards: The test methods in Table asstm were designed with specific alloys in mind, but the proliferation of new CRAs has meant that the selection of a suitable test method is difficult. These tests are often run as a qualification test to ensure each batch of stainless steel is properly prepared. All five methods within this specification involve exposing s262 to a chemical mixture designed to encourage corrosive behavior.

Because it can be run quickly for screening, we often run this test first. All bend tests require a tensile test astj or similar, with suitable grips and sufficient strength to bend the strongest alloy. SEP method 3 is a special environment only suitable for the Ni-Mo alloys, as described below, in section 4. At the conclusion off the test, specimens are either visually examined or measured for weight loss and compared to an established corrosion rate for that specific material type.


For example, in highly oxidizing solutions, intergranular attack can occur due to intermetallic phases, while attack of carbides may occur somewhat less oxidizing solutions. For an alloy that is not listed, look for an alloy with a similar composition to a listed alloy to determine the most suitable test.

Hence, it is normally only used for stainless steels intended for nuclear service, or another application involving nitric acid. Please share this page: Share on Tumblr Print. It does not say what to do about duplex or super austenitic alloys.

For alloys not listed ast, this standard, it will be necessary to carry out some tests on material in various conditions to determine the threshold. SEP does not require ageing, although it might be required in a specification calling up this standard.

There is several cause for SCC, Chloride is the leading cause of transgranular cracking or attack. ISO is specifically for duplex and all austenitic stainless steels, and recommends ageing at two different temperatures: This specification is for detecting susceptibility to intergranular attack IGA.

Both of these tests should be followed by water quenching. ASTM G28 does not require samples to be heat treated. Some suggested criteria for the listed alloys are shown in Table 2, below. The level of corrosion is determined by mass loss. JavaScript is required for this content.