ASTM-B390 Standard Practice for Evaluating Apparent Grain Size and Distribution of Cemented Tungsten Carbides (Withdrawn 2010)

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Standard Practice for Evaluating Apparent Grain Size and Distribution of Cemented Tungsten Carbides (Withdrawn 2010)


1.1 This practice for the visual comparison and classification of the apparent grain size and distribution of cemented tungsten carbides is limited to cemented tungsten carbides that contain approximately 6, 10, and 18 % cobalt.

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.

Significance and Use

The apparent size and distribution of tungsten carbide grains in cemented carbides affects the material’wear resistance and fracture. For a given chemical composition, an increase in the average grain size will result in increased toughness and decreased wear resistance. This practice illustrates representative micro-structures for a wide range of tungsten carbide-cobalt grades. This is not intended to be used as a specification for carbide grades; producers and users may use the micrographs and the grain size chart as a guide in developing their own specifications.


apparent grain size; cemented carbides; cemented tungsten carbides; grain size distribution; hardmetals; microstructure; powder metallurgy; ICS Number Code 77.160 (Powder metallurgy)

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02.05 (Metallic and Inorganic Coatings; Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products)

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77.160 (Powder metallurgy Including sintered metal materials and hardmetals)

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1992 R06 EDITION



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Jan. 1, 2006

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4 pages

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