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ASTM a178 / a178M

ASTM a178 / a178M Standard Specification for Electric-Resistance-Welded Carbon Steel and Carbon-Manganese Steel Boiler and Superheater Tubes

ASTM a178 standard referes to electric-resistance-welded tubes with minimum-wall-thickness.

ASTM 178, Grade D Heat Exchanger Tube

ASTM a178 Gr. A ERW pipes

ASTM a178 standard referes to electric-resistance-welded tubes with minimum-wall-thickness.

Materials are carbon steel and carbon-manganese steel, ASTM a178 pipe and tube is to be used in boiler tubes, boiler flues, superheater flues and safe ends.

Materials are carbon steel and carbon-manganese steel, ASTM a178 pipe and tube is to be used in boiler tubes, boiler flues, superheater flues and safe ends.

1.Scope*

1.1This specification2 covers minimum-wall-thickness, electric-resistance-welded tubes made of carbon steel and carbon-manganese steel intended for use as boiler tubes, boiler flues, superheater flues, and safe ends.
NOTE 1—Type C and D tubes are not suitable for safe-ending for forge welding.
1.2The tubing sizes and thicknesses usually furnished to this specification are 1⁄2 to 5 in. [12.7 to 127 mm] in outside diameter and 0.035 to 0.360 in. [0.9 to 9.1 mm], inclusive, in minimum wall thickness. Tubing having other dimensions may be furnished, provided such tubes comply with all other requirements of this specification.
1.3Mechanical property requirements do not apply to tubing smaller than 1⁄8 in. [3.2 mm] in inside diameter or 0.015 in. [0.4 mm] in thickness.
1.4Optional supplementary requirements are provided and when desired, shall be so stated in the order.
1.5The values stated in either inch-pound units or SI units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text, the SI units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the specifi- cation. The inch-pound units shall apply unless the “M” designation of this specification is specified in the order.

1 This specification is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys, and is the direct responsibility of Subcommittee A01.09 on Carbon Steel Tubular Products.
Current edition approved Sept. 10, 2002 . Published November 2002. Originally published as A 178 – 35 T. Last previous edition A 178/A 178M –95 (2002).
2 For ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code applications see related Specifi- cation SA-178 in Section II of that Code.
3 Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol 01.01.

2.Referenced Documents

2.1ASTM Standards:
A 450/A 450M Specification for General Requirements for Carbon, Ferritic Alloy, and Austenitic Alloy Steel Tubes3
E 213 Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Metal Pipe and Tubing4
E 273 Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Longitudinal Welded Pipe and Tubing4

3.Ordering Information

3.1Orders for material under this specification should include the following, as required, to describe the desired material adequately:
3.1.1Quantity (feet, metres, or number of lengths),
3.1.2Name of material (electric-resistance-welded tubes),
3.1.3Grade (A, C, or D, Table 1),
3.1.4Size (outside diameter and minimum wall thickness),
3.1.5Length (specific or random),
3.1.6Optional requirements (product analysis, Section 7; crush test, Section 10; hydrostatic or nondestructive electric test, 11.6),
3.1.7Test report required (Certification Section of Specifi- cation A 450/A 450M),
3.1.8Specification designation,
3.1.9Individual supplementary requirements, if required, and
3.1.10Special requirements.

4.Manufacture

4.1The steel for Grade D shall be killed.
4.2Tubes shall be made by electric-resistance welding.
5.Heat Treatment
5.1After welding, all tubes shall be heat treated at a temperature of 1650°F [900°C] or higher and followed by cooling in air or in the cooling chamber of a controlled- atmosphere furnace. Cold-drawn tubes shall be heat treated after the final cold-draw pass at a temperature of 1200°F [650°C] or higher.

4 Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Vol 03.03.

TABLE 1 Chemical Requirements:

Element % Grade A Grade C Grade D
Low carbon steel Medium Carbon Steel Manganess Steel
C 0.06-0.18 0.35 Max 0.27 Max
Mn 0.27-0.63 0.80 Max 1.00-1.50
P 0.035 0.035 0.030
S 0.035 0.035 0.015
Si 0.10 Min.

Chemical Composition

The steel shall conform to the requirements as to chemical composition prescribed in Table 1.

When a grade is ordered under this specification, sup- plying an alloy grade that specifically requires the addition of any element other than those listed in Table 1 is not permitted.

Product Analysis

1. When requested on the purchase order, a product analy- sis shall be made by the manufacturer or supplier from one tube per 100 pieces for sizes over 3 in. [76.2 mm] and one tube per 250 pieces for sizes 3 in. [76.2 mm] and under; or when tubes are identified by heat, one tube per heat shall be analyzed. The chemical composition thus determined shall conform to the requirements specified.

2. If the original test for product analysis fails, retests of two additional lengths of flat-rolled stock or tubes shall be made. Both retests, for the elements in question, shall meet the requirements of the specification; otherwise all remaining material in the heat or lot (Note 2) shall be rejected or, at the option of the producer, each length of flat-rolled stock or tube may be individually tested for acceptance. Lengths of flat- rolled stock or tubes which do not meet the requirements of the specifications shall be rejected.

NOTE 2—A lot consists of 250 tubes for sizes 3 in. [76.2 mm] and under and of 100 tubes for sizes over 3 in. [76.2 mm], prior to cutting to length.

Special precision welded process flow

General Requirements
Material furnished under this specification shall con- form to the applicable requirements of the current edition of Specification A 450/A 450M unless otherwise provided herein.

Tensile Requirements
Grade C and D tubes shall conform to the requirements as to tensile properties prescribed in Table 2.

 Data GradeC GradeD

Tensilestrength,min,ksi[MPa]

Yieldstrength,min,ksi[MPa]

Elongationin2in.or50mm,min,%

For longitudinal strip tests a deduction for

Each1⁄32-in[0.8mm]decreaseinwallthicknessbelow5⁄16in.[8mm]

60[415]

37[255]

30

1.50A

70[485]

40[275]

30

1.50A

The actual mean wall is defined as the average of the thickest and thinnest wall in that section.

Welded tubes 65 %

Permissible Variations in Wall Thickness

Type Over Under
Welded Tubes +18% 0

These permissible variations in wall thickness apply only to tubes, except internal-upset tubes, as rolled or cold-finished, and before swaging, expanding, bending, polishing, or other fabricating operation.

TABLE 3 Permissible Variations in Outside Diameter

Different name

Condenser steel tube,heat-exchanger tube,low carbon steel pipe,Resistance welded steel tube ,Bolier flues,Spoerheater flues and safe ends,ERW carbon steel pipes.

Mechanical Property:

Grade C & Grade D tubes shall conform to the requirements -tensile properties prescribed below:

From the basic minimum elongation of the following percentage points shall be made

Grade A
Tensilestrength,min,ksi[MPa]

Yieldstrength,min,ksi[MPa]

Elongationin2in.or50mm,min,%

47[325]

26[180]

35

Outside diameter and Wall Thickness Tolerance:

Outside Diameter tol Wall thickness tol
OD < 50 ±0.05mm S < 4mm ±12.5%

OD > 50

±1%

4–20mm +15/-12.5%
S≧20mm ±12.5%

Referenced Documents:

ASTM standards:

  • A450/A450M Specification for General Requirements for Carbon,Ferritic Alloy,and Austenitic Alloy steel tubes.
  • E213 Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Metal pipe and tubing.
  • E273 Practice for Ultrasonic Examination of Longitudinal Welded Pipe and Tubing.

Manufacturing Process: ERW

Heat treatment:

After welding,all tubes shall be heat treated at a temperature of 1650°F(900℃) or higher and followed by cooling in air or in the cooling chamber of a controlled-atmosphere furnace,Cold-drawn tubes shall be heat treated after the final cold-draw pass at a temperature of 1200°F(650℃)or higher.

Surface Condition:

Finished tubes shall be free of scale,A slight amount of oxidation will not be considered as scale.

Mechanical Tests Required:

Flattenting Test/Flaring test/Flange test/Crush test/Tension test/Reverse Flattening test/Hydrostatic or Nondestructive Electric Test

Tolerance for OD and WT(SA-450/SA-450M)

OD in(mm) + WT in(mm) +
<1”(25.4) 0.10 0.10 ≤1.1/2”(38.1) 20% 0
1”~1.1”(25.4~38.1) 0.15 0.15 >1.1/2”(38.2) 22% 0
>1.1/2”~<2”(38.1~50.8 0.20 0.20      
2”~<2.1/2”(50.8~63.5) 0.25 0.25      
2.1/2”~<3”(63.5~76.2) 0.30 0.30      
3”~<4”(76.2~101.6) 0.38 0.38      
4”~<7.1/2”(101.6~190.5) 0.38 0.64      
>7.1/2~9”(190.5~228.6) 0.38 1.14      

a178 Boiler Pipes & Tubes Application Industries

Used in boiler, superheater, heat-exchanger and pressure equipment in Petrochemical factory, Refinery factory, sugar mill, power plant, power plant, shipbuilding.


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  • ASTM a178 Grade A, Grade C, Grade D Pipes
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ASME SA / ASTM a178 Boiler Tube

  • ASME SA / ASTM a178 Tube
  • ASME SA / ASTM a178 Boiler Tubing Stockiest
  • a178 ERW Carbon Steel Boiler Tubes
  • ASTM a178 Grade A, Grade C, Grade D Tube Exporter
  • a178 / Sa178 Insulating Steam Heating Tubes Dealer
  • IBR Approved ASTM a178 Boiler Tubing Stockiest in India
  • ASTM a178 Steam Boiler Tubes Stockholder
  • High Quality Boiler Tubes Manufacturer

Loading Of Boiler a178 Pipes and Tubes Materials

Product Marking

  • In addition to the marking prescribed in Specification A 450/A 450M, the letters “ERW” shall be legibly stenciled on each tube, or marked on a tag attached to the bundle or box in which the tubes are shipped.
  • The manufacturer’s name or symbol may be placed permanently on each tube by rolling or light stamping before normalizing. If a single stamp is placed on the tube by hand, this mark should not be less than 8 in.

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