Standard Test Method for Determining the Percentage of Alloyed or Unalloyed Iron Contamination Present in Powder Forged (PF) Steel Materials
Cross product contamination occurs whenever alloy steel powders are processed in the same equipment as iron powders.
Unalloyed iron particles, because they may not harden upon heat treatment, are a potential source of soft spots in low-alloy steel parts.
Alloyed iron particles, having higher hardenability than an iron or carbon steel matrix, are a potential source of hard spots.
Hard or soft spots may cause problems in service or machining.
The results of the tests may be used to qualify parts for shipment in accordance with guidelines agreed between purchaser and manufacturer or to check the suitability of mixes for use in powder forging.
1.1 This test method covers a metallographic procedure for determining the percentage of alloyed or unalloyed iron contamination present in powder forged low-alloy steel materials and the percentage of alloyed iron contamination in powder forged iron and carbon steel materials.
1.2 Property values stated in SI units are the standard.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. 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.
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