ASTM A487 Properties (Chem., Mech. & Rankings)

In this post I'll talk about and give details about ASTM A487. First let's describe it and then have a look at its material's properties.

What is ASTM A487?

ASTM A487 is a Specification for Steel Castings Suitable for Pressure Service.

Category

Steel Castings

Scope

This specification covers low-alloy steels and martensitic stainless steels in the normalized and tempered, or quenched and tempered, condition suitable for pressure containing parts.

Ok let's start with ASTM A487 chemical composition.

Chemical Composition

Grade CA6NM

C max.

0.06

Mn max.

1.00

P max.

0.04

S max.

0.03

Si max.

1.00

Ni

3.5 - 4.5

Cr

11.5 - 14.0

Mo

0.4 - 1.0

Cu max.

0.50

W max.

0.10

V max.

0.05

Others (Sum) max.

0.50

Learn more about chemical composition.

Now it's the mechanical properties turn:

Yield Strength

Grade CA6NM Class A

80 ksi (550 MPa) min.

Learn more about what is yield strength.

Tensile Strength

Grade CA6NM Class A

110 - 135 ksi (760 - 930 MPa)

Learn more about what is tensile strength.

Elongation (min.) 50 mm

0.15.

Learn more about what is elongation.

Reduction of Area (min. %)

0.35.

Learn more about reduction of area.

Hardness Requirements

Grade CA6NM Class B

23 HRC or 255 HB max.

Learn more about what is hardness.

Density

7800 - 8000 kg/m3 (around 7.9 g/cm3 or 0.285 lb/in3).

Learn more about density.

Elastic Modulus

190 GPa (27557 ksi) - 210GPa (30458 ksi).

Learn more about the Elastic Modulus.

Poisson's Ratio

0.27 – 0.30.

Learn more about the poisson ratio.

Allowable Stress

Depends on the project (And its factor of safety).

Learn more about the what is allowable stress.

My Material's Rank

While engineers will often look for the cheapest material they can use, I took a different approach to material's selection to help newbie students.

I ranked materials according to their yield strengths and ASTM A487 currently ranks 23 in my yield strength index. This means there are other 22 materials that are more resistant.

Note: I've analysed 134 materials in order to create an yield strength index. Check my astm material's comparison post for more details.

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References

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Other References

A370 Test Methods and Definitions for Mechanical Testing⁣
of Steel Products⁣
A488/A488M Practice for Steel Castings, Welding, Qualifications⁣
of Procedures and Personnel⁣
A703/A703M Specification for Steel Castings, General⁣
Requirements, for Pressure-Containing Parts⁣
E165 Practice for Liquid Penetrant Examination for General⁣
Industry⁣
E709 Guide for Magnetic Particle Testing⁣

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