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Such chemical treatment is generally not necessary for the formation of the passive film. Some of the various meanings associated with the term passivation that are in common q380 include the following: Stainless steels cannot be passivated unless the steel surface is clean and free from contamination and scale from welding operations.

Unless otherwise specified, it is this definition of passivation that is taken as the meaning of a specified requirement for passivation. Range C Time mins. The standard notes that the high carbon martensitic stainless steels, such as C, are not suitable for acid passivation as they can be asym or be subject to hydrogen embrittlement.

Unlike ASTM A, the standard does not require specific solutions for particular stainless steel grades or types, although 3 specific treatments are identified. Pickling, passivation and removing iron contamination with nitric acid Passivation treatments are 3a80 specified, but it is important to consider whether this is strictly necessary or not.

ASTM A380 Passivation Standard

The term “iron,” when hereinafter referred to as a surface contaminant, shall denote free iron. Related Links Suppliers of Passivating Products. In order to avoid ambiguity in the s380 of requirements, it may be necessary for the purchaser to define precisely the intended meaning of passivation.

While the practice provides recommendations and information concerning the use of acids and other cleaning and descaling agents, it cannot encompass detailed cleaning procedures for specific types of equipment or installations.

Some of the various meanings associated with the term passivation that are in common usage include the following:.


Although they apply primarily to materials in the composition ranges of the austenitic, ferritic, and martensitic stainless steels, the practices described may also be useful for cleaning other metals if due consideration is given to corrosion and possible metallurgical effects.

Citric acid treatments can also be considered as an alternative to nitric acid as both provide the oxidising conditions necessary for passivation. It was at one time considered that an oxidizing treatment was necessary to establish this passive film, but it is now accepted that this film will form spontaneously in an oxygen-containing environment providing that the surface has been thoroughly cleaned or descaled.

Passivation of stainless steels Introduction Stainless steels are designed to naturally self-passivate whenever a clean surface is exposed to an environment that can provide enough oxygen to form the chromium rich oxide surface layer, on which the corrosion resistance of these alloys depends.

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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. It therefore in no way precludes the necessity for careful planning and judgment in the selection and implementation of such procedures. The standard also allows any combination of citric acid concentration, temperature and time, provided that the passivation test criteria can be met.

In some cases, no more than degreasing or removal of gross contamination is necessary. The degree of cleanness required on a surface depends on the application.

Meaningful tests to establish the degree of cleanness of a surface are few, and those are often difficult to administer and to evaluate objectively. For certain a308 applications, additional requirements which are not covered by this practice may be specified upon agreement between the manufacturer and the purchaser.

In addition, visual inspection of internal surfaces is often impossible because of the configuration of the item. Others, such as food-handling, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and certain nuclear applications, may require extremely high levels of cleanness, including removal of all detectable residual chemical films and contaminants that are invisible to ordinary inspection methods.

These recommendations are presented as procedures for guidance when it is recognized that for a particular service it is desired to remove surface contaminants that may impair the normal corrosion resistance, or result in the later contamination of the particular stainless steel grade, or cause product contamination.


Naturally occurring conditions such air or aerated water will do this and so under many exposure conditions stainless steels will naturally self-passivate. In the case of classes C3 and C4, a two step process is defined, with a clean water rinse between the two steps, shown in the table below.

Stainless steels are designed to naturally self-passivate whenever a clean surface is exposed to an environment that can provide enough oxygen to form the chromium rich oxide surface layer, on which the corrosion aa380 of these alloys depends. Parts treated however must pass specific tests to confirm the effectiveness of the passivation, although in practice the tests are for the detection of the effects of residual iron contamination on the surface of the parts. Citric acid is a less hazardous method and has environmental benefits in terms of ‘NOx’ fume emission and waste acid disposal.

Visual inspection is suitable for the detection of gross contamination, scale, rust, and particulates, but may not reveal the presence of thin films of atm or residual chemical films. Office and Postal Address: Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

Nitric acid alone can be used to remove light surface iron contamination after which the acid facilitates the passivation of the cleaned steel surface. This process is described in a general way in 6.

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Specific treatments are however also specified. For more specific safety precautions see 7. In addition, this standard also includes citric acid treatments.

On the other hand, some of the practices may be applicable for these purposes.