ASTM E1571 - 11 Standard Practice for Electromagnetic Examination of Ferromagnetic Steel Wire Rope


Source: ASTM International

This practice outlines a procedure to standardize an instrument and to use the instrument to examine ferromagnetic wire rope products in which the magnetic flux and magnetic flux leakage methods are used. If properly applied, the magnetic flux method is capable of detecting the presence, location, and magnitude of metal loss from wear, broken wires, and corrosion, and the magnetic flux leakage method is capable of detecting the presence and location of flaws such as broken wires and corrosion pits.

The instrument's response to the rope's fabrication, installation, and in-service-induced flaws can be significantly different from the instrument's response to artificial flaws such as wire gaps or added wires. For this reason, it is preferable to detect and mark (using set-up standards that represent) real in-service-induced flaws whose characteristics will adversely affect the serviceability of the wire rope.

1. Scope

1.1 This practice covers the application and standardization of instruments that use the electromagnetic, the magnetic flux, and the magnetic flux leakage examination method to detect flaws and changes in metallic cross-sectional areas in ferromagnetic wire rope products.

1.1.1 This practice includes rope diameters up to 2.5 in. (63.5 mm). Larger diameters may be included, subject to agreement by the users of this practice.

1.2 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 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.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
E543 Specification for Agencies Performing Nondestructive Testing
E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations

Other Documents
NAS-410 Certification and Qualification of Nondestructive Personnel (Quality Assurance Committee)

Index Terms

electromagnetic examination; flux leakage; local flaws (LF); magnetic flux; magnetic flux leakage; percent loss of metallic cross-sectional area (LMA); rod reference standards; sensor head; wire rope; wire rope reference standard; Electromagnetic testing; Ferromagnetic wire rope; Flux leak testing; Local flaws (LF); Loss of metallic cross-sectional area (LMA); Magnetic flux; Metallic cross-sectional areas; Rod reference standards; Steel wire rope; Wire rope

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 77.040.20 (Non-destructive testing of metals)

DOI: 10.1520/E1571-11

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