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ASTM A153 for Hardware
Updated date:2019-05-05

The specification ASTM A153/A153M applies to hardware products such as castings, fasteners, rolled, pressed, and forged products, and miscellaneous threaded objects that will be centrifuged, spun, or otherwise handled to remove excess zinc.

The requirements for ASTM A153/A153M are very similar to those stated earlier for ASTM A123/A123M, except for the addition of threaded products and embrittlement requirements.

ASTM A153/A153M Requirements

Coating Thickness/Weight – depends on the material category and steel thickness, values are listed in Table 3

Threaded Products – areas with threads are not subject to the coating thickness requirement

Finish – continuous, smooth, uniform

Embrittlement – high tensile strength fasteners (>150ksi) and castings can be subject to embrittlement

Appearance – free from uncoated areas, blisters, flux deposits and gross dross inclusions as well as having no heavy zinc deposits that interfere with intended use

Adherence – the entire coating should have a strong adherence throughout the service life of hot-dip galvanized steel

There are fabrication steps that may impair the corrosion protection of the hot-dip galvanized coating; however, flaking or damage to the coating because of this is not case for rejection. In all cases, good steel selection results in the formation of a higher quality coating and finish on the product. The corrosion protection coating for threaded products is applied after the product has been fabricated and further fabrication may compromise the corrosion protection system. The one exception to this rule is the internal threads of a nut that should be over-tapped after the coating is applied in order to accommodate the coating thickness change on the thread of the bolts. In this case, the zinc on the bolt threads provides the corrosion protection to the uncoated threads in the nut.

There are certain fabrication techniques that can induce stresses into the steel and lead to brittle failure. There are precautions given in ASTM A143/A143M that should be taken in order to prevent embrittlement. In addition, selecting steels with appropriate chemistries can help prevent embrittlement of malleable castings. A reproduction and summary of the table given in ASTM A153/A153M, (Table 3), gives the different classes of products and the minimum coating thickness required by the specification

Thickness or Weight (Mass) of Zinc Coating for Various Classes of Material
 Weight (Mass) of Zinc Coating,
oz/ft(g/m2) of Surface, minimum
Coating Thickness, mils
(microns), Minimum
Class of MaterialAverage of Specimens TestedAny Individual Specimenverage of Specimens TestedAny Individual Specimen
Class A - Castings - Malleable Iron, Steel
Class B - Rolled, Pressed, and Forged articles
(except those which would be included under Classes C and D)
2.00 (610)1.80 (550)3.4 (86)3.1 (79)
B-1 - 3/16 in. (4.76 mm) and over in thickness and over 15in. (381 mm) in length2.00 (610)1.80 (550)3.5 (85)3.1 (79)
B-2 under 3/16in. (4.76mm) in thickness and over 15in. (381mm) in length1.5 (458)1.25 (381)2.6 (66)2.1 (53)
B-3 any thickness and 15in. (381mm) and under in length1.30 (397)1.10 (336)2.2 (56)1.9 (48)
Class C - Fasteners over 3/8in. (9.52mm) in diameter and similar articles.
Washers 3.16in. and 1/4in (4.76 and 6.35 mm) in thickness
1.25 (381)1.00 (305)2.1 (53)1.7 (43)
Class D -  Fastners 3/8in (9.52mm) and under in diameter, rivets, nials and similar articles. Washers under 3/16in (4.76mm) in thickness1.00 (305)0.85 (259)1.7 (43)1.4 (36)
Note 1: Length of the piece, stated in Classes B-1, B-2, B-3, refers to the finished dimensiosn of the piece after fabrication