ASME/ASTM Stainless Steel Specifications & Material Test Reports

Available as in-house training course.

Date: TBD
Earn: 24 CPD hours

Available as In-House Training Course

This 3-day training course is only available for delivery as in-house training of your company's staff. For more information, please complete the In-House Training Request Form.

Course Description

This 3-day course is designed for the purchaser, manufacturer, fabricator, supplier, or others to learn the basics of stainless steels to improve your ability to correctly:

These goals are achieved by studying more than 50 Connecting-the-Standards© Examples covering more than 40 ASME/ASTM specifications, test methods, practices, and terminology standards.

Learning Outcomes

After this course you will improve your abilities to read, write, and review stainless steel product specifications, purchase orders, as well as your abilities to evaluate product acceptance and rejection based on ASME/ASTM standards by:

  • identifying the different types of ASME/ASTM stainless steel standards, their functions, terminology, and designation systems, including UNS Numbers, and how and why they differ from other steel specifications and designations like AISI, SAE, etc.;
  • identifying common ordering information required by ASME/ASTM standards, e.g., specification designation, year-date, grade or UNS Number, hot or cold finished, heat treatment, surface finish, size, dimensions, supplementary and special requirements, test reports required, etc.
  • correctly categorizing stainless steels as:
    • austenitic,
    • ferritic,
    • duplex,
    • martensitic, and
    • precipitation hardening;
  • associating each ASME/ASTM product specification with its general requirements specification;
  • identifying mandatory, nonmandatory or not included, and purchaser selected requirements;
  • distinguishing how and why ASME/ASTM specifications differ with varying product forms, such as plate, sheet, strip, pipe, shapes, forgings, etc.);
  • determining the roles of chemical elements in stainless steels for corrosion resistance and heat resistance applications;
  • distinguishing between a heat and lot of steel, including differences between heat analysis and product analysis;
  • evaluating how and why the ASTM A370 standard for mechanical testing of steel products is specified and why it may need to be modified for specific stainless steel properties;
  • correctly specifying ASTM standard corrosion test methods.
  • correctly specifying NDE and other QC requirements.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all personnel involved with stainless steels and particularly ASME/ASTM Standards, such as: engineers, inspectors, QA/QC coordinators, NDE examiners, purchasers, inventory control personnel, tradespeople, manufacturing, fabricating and repair companies, engineering procurement companies, construction companies, and others working in most industries that use stainless steels, including: civil construction (buildings, architectural, bridges), pressure equipment, ship building, water treatment, pipelines, oil and gas industries (oilfield, upgraders, refineries, etc.), chemical plants, petroleum refining, petrochemical plants, power plants, pulp and paper plants, fertilizer plants, and many others.

Course Outline

  • What are the different types and functions of ASME/ASTM standards?
  • How and why are stainless steels defined in ASTM Standard Terminology as:
    • austenitic,
    • ferritic,
    • duplex,
    • martensitic, and
    • precipitation hardening?
  • How are ASTM specifications and corrosion test methods used to specify stainless steel products and write purchase orders?
  • How are ASME/ASTM stainless steel product specifications and grades designated?
    • How and why do ASME/ASTM designations differ from “others” e.g., AISI, SAE, etc.?
  • Why are the following terms important when writing stainless steel product specifications and purchase orders?
    • heat, heat analysis, heat number, product analysis,
    • lot and lot number.
  • How and why are stainless steels uniquely different for corrosion resistance versus heat resistance applications?
  • What are the roles of common chemical elements in stainless steels?
  • Why do some chemical elements have requirements specified as a minimum or equation value, maximum value, minimum-maximum range value, or “Other Element” value?
  • What are the different condition and heat treatment requirements in ASME/ASTM stainless steel specifications?
  • Why are stainless steel surface finish requirements in ASTM specifications and how are they included when writing a stainless steel product specification and purchase order?
  • How and why product sizes, dimensional limits, and tolerance requirements are specified in in ASME/ASTM stainless steel standards and why do they need to be in steel product specifications and purchase orders?
  • How and why is ASTM A370 Standard for Mechanical Testing of Steel Products used when writing a stainless steel product specification and purchase order for:
    • tension testing;
    • impact testing;
    • fixed-location and portable hardness testing; and
    • bend testing?
  • How are NDE, pressure testing, and other QC testing requirements specified in ASTM stainless steel specifications used when writing a stainless steel product specification and purchase order?
  • What is the purpose of a material test report (MTR) and what is required to be included in it?
  • How is a MTR used to accept or reject an ordered stainless steel product based on an ASME/ASTM specification?
    • How is an MTR correctly reviewed based on its written specification and purchase order?
    • Why do MTRs include multiple specifications and grades?
    • How is an MTR correctly reviewed when it includes specifications and grades that are not in the written specification and purchase order?
    • What are the bases for accepting or rejecting a stainless steel product based on the written steel specification, purchase order, and its material test report?
  • How are products required to be marked and certified in accordance with ASME/ASTM stainless steel standards, including multiple marking?

Learning Assessment

Learning will be self-assessed through participation in discussions throughout the training course.

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