There are a number of recognised tests when it comes to the intergranular corrosion testing of corrosion resistant alloys CRA. This document describes all three of these tests for four common standards, and describes the differences. Just remember that these tests were devised for specific groups of alloys and should not be applied to all CRAs! This document also points out which alloys the tests are intended for, and recommends the most appropriate test when none is specified. Intergranular corrosion tests are primarily designed to detect carbide precipitates on grain boundaries.

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Historical Version s - view previous versions of standard. Work Item s - proposed revisions of this standard. More A This specification covers the standard practices for detecting susceptibility to intergranular attack in austenitic stainless steels.

Methods for preparing the test specimens, rapid screening tests, apparatus setup and testing procedures, and calculations and report contents are described for each testing practice. The etch structure types used to classify the specimens are: step structure, dual structure, ditch structure, isolated ferrite, interdendritic ditches, end-grain pitting I, and end-grain pitting II.

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ASTM A262 Intergranular Corrosion Test IGC

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. ASTM A is a common intergranular corrosion testing method that can quickly screen batches of material to determine corrosion susceptibility. Choosing the correct method s rely on a complete understanding of your material and processes, as well as the concept of corrosion itself. To understand intergranular corrosion testing or intergranular attack commonly abbreviated as IGC or IGA , it is important to understand what causes the process to occur.


Intergranular Corrosion Testing: An Overview of ASTM A262

Intergranular corrosion occurs as a result of precipitation of nitrides , carbides , and other intermetallic phases , such 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.


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In the presence of tensile stress, cracking may occur along grain boundaries and this type of corrosion is frequently called "interranular stress corrosion cracking IGSCC " or simply "intergranular corrosion cracking". Intergranular corrosion in stainless steel may result from precipitation of carbides, nitrides or intermetallic phases. Only in the most highly oxidizing solutions can intergranular attack be caused by intermetallic phases. When a test is to be restricted to carbides, in a material containing nitrides or intermetallic phases, a less oxidizing solution is chosen. Oxalic Acid Test, ASTM A, Practice A Oxalic Acid Etch The oxalic acid etch test is a rapid method of screening those specimens of certain stainless steel grades which are essentially free of susceptibility to intergranular attack associated with chromium carbide participates. The test is used for acceptance but not rejection of material.


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