ASTM B49 Standard Specification for Copper Rod for Electrical Purposes

The specification specifies copper rods with diameters ranging from 1/4 to 13/8 inches, made from high conductivity coppers like electrolytic tough-pitch, oxygen-free, or fire-refined coppers. These rods are suitable for the fabrication of electrical conductors. Copper of special qualities, forms, or types are also specified using the ASTM B49 standard specification. The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard in ASTM B49 specification.


Introduction to ASTM B49

ASTM B49 guarantees that copper rods satisfy the necessary performance and quality standards, enhancing electrical systems’ safety and effectiveness. It offers manufacturers and users a trustworthy resource for creating and choosing the best copper rods by covering topics including chemical composition, physical qualities, dimensions, and tolerances. The dependability and durability of electrical systems and components are ensured by compliance with the ASTM B49 standard.

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ASTM B49 Test Procedure

Specimen SelectionRepresentative samples of copper rods are obtained and randomly selected to accurately represent the batch or production lot. The specimens are ensured to be free from visible defects or damage to ensure accurate test results.
Test Setup and ExecutionTests are conducted in testing labs to ensure the strength, elongation, and resistivity of a copper rod. The maximum force, deformation, and electrical resistance of the rod are measured through these tests. The percentages of elements present are determined through chemical composition analysis, while compliance is verified for dimensions and tolerances. The rod’s internal structure is examined under a microscope through microstructure analysis.

ASTM B49 Test Specimens

Specimen DetailsThe specimen is a representative portion of a copper rod used for tests and evaluations, chosen to represent the entire batch or production lot. It is prepared in a specific manner to ensure consistency and accuracy during testing. The specimen should have the following chemical composition: tellurium, selenium, bismuth, antimony, arsenic, tin, lead, iron, nickel, sulfur, silver, oxygen, cadmium, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese.
Specimen DimensionsTensile strength test specimens are cylindrical or rectangular, while elongation tests are dog-bone-shaped with narrow regions for grip attachment. Specimen dimensions vary from 1/4 in. to 13/8 in. (6.4 mm to 35 mm) produced from high conductivity copper specimens. Resistivity test specimens are cylindrical or rectangular, and chemical composition analysis uses small chips or shavings from copper rods. Microstructure analysis involves preparing thin slices for easy examination under a microscope.

ASTM B49 Test Results

The tensile strength and elongation tests assess a copper rod’s strength, deformation, and suitability for electrical applications. Chemical composition analysis ensures compliance, dimension and tolerance verification verify compliance, and microstructure analysis examines the rod’s internal structure for defects, impurities, or irregularities affecting performance.

Tests Related to ASTM B49

Important tests relevant to ASTM B49 include ASTM B5 (Specification for High Conductivity Tough-Pitch Copper Refinery Shapes), ASTM B115 (Specification for Electrolytic Copper Cathode), and ASTM B193 (Test Method for Resistivity of Electrical Conductor Materials).


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