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Intergranular corrosion occurs as a result of precipitation of nitridescarbidesand other intermetallic phasessuch as sigma phase, that occurs along the grain boundaries. If materials with incorrect heat treatment enter service, they are liable to crack or fail by intergranular corrosion IGC much more rapidly than properly treated materials; ASTM A is a screening test to help find batches that are incorrectly processed.
Intergranular corrosion shows up as the dark black lines around the grain boundaries.
How do you select the right ASTM corrosion testing method for your material? 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. Classification of the structure after A Practice A analysis will determine if the material is acceptable or if additional testing is required. If you are not sure, please contact us for assistance.
Based on your materials, application, and requirements, the other 4 methods provide specific focuses.
In everyday applications, corrosion varies by materials and solutions. For example, in highly oxidizing solutions, intergranular attack can occur due to intermetallic phases, while attack of carbides may occur somewhat less oxidizing solutions.
Due to the variance of attack in different materials, numerous methods Practices B-F are used to assess intergranular corrosion. The chart below comes from the ASTM A standard for selection of the appropriate test by alloy type:.
The ASTM A tests can determine if the proper heat treatment was performed or if the alloys are in danger of intergranular corrosion occurring in use. These tests are often run as a qualification test to ensure each batch of stainless steel is properly prepared.
Each ASTM A Practice specification includes a list of the grades of stainless steels and the acceptable etch structures for the specific alloys. For example, many low-carbon and stabilized stainless steels e. Practice A, the oxalic acid etch test is used as a rapid technique to screen samples of certain stainless steel grades to ensure they are not susceptible to intergranular attack sensitization. The test is generally performed for acceptance of materials, but not sufficient for rejection of materials.
Because it can be run quickly for screening, we often run this test first. In SEM analysis, intergranular corrosion is clear by the dark lines where the grain boundaries are eaten away. Practice B, also known as the Streicher test, uses weight loss analysis to provide a quantitative measure of the materials performance.
ASTM A Intergranular Corrosion Testing and Analysis
This practice includes boiling the sample for 24 to hours in the solution above, and measures the materials performance quantitatively. It is typically used for stainless alloys such as andCr-Ni-Mo stainless alloys, and nickel alloys to evaluate the intergranular attack associated with a26-10 precipitation of chromium carbides at grain boundaries.
The weight loss is calculated after each step, and reveals if the sample has been properly heat-treated. Please specify the maximum allowable corrosion rate and any available data on the sensitizing heat treatment performed.
The Huey test works well to analyze chromium depleted regions and intermetallic axtm, such as sigma phase, and is also used for materials in strongly oxidizing environments such as nitric acid.
Practice E, the Strauss test, is performed to assess attack associated with chromium-rich carbide formation; it does not detect susceptibility to sigma phase formation.
The Strauss test is commonly used to evaluate the heat-treatment of as-received material, the effectiveness of alloying additions of elements such as Nb and Ti, or the effectiveness of reducing carbon content to resist intergranular attack. The oxalic acid test is commonly used before the Strauss test to determine if a sample is susceptible; samples that ast method A will generally show low corrosion rates in the Strauss test.
The test uses a visual inspection of the surface of the bent specimen to determine pass or fail. Duplicate samples from both a262-0 of a sheet sample are a62-10 to determine if carburization results in intergranular attack. The bent samples are examined at low magnification, where the appearance of cracks or fissures indicate intergranular attack.
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. The test evaluates the resistance of extra-low-carbon steels to sensitization and a2662-10 attack from welding or heat treatment processes. A recent publication on intergranular corrosion.
What is your typical turnaround time? It depends on which Practice is selected, but typically ranges from to days for different tests. In many cases we can reduce that to as little as 24 hours more than the required testing time if you need fast results.
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