Testing of 300 Series Stainless Steel Tubing for Aerospace Applications 2009-01-3257
The applicability, interpretation, and implementation of the testing requirements, in various aerospace and military tubing material specifications have caused confusion across the tubing industry. Despite the release of AMS specifications, procurement entities continue to purchase material produced to the older and often cancelled Mil-T specifications. In addition to mechanical properties, these specifications cover requirements including composition, grain size, heat treating, passivation, pressure testing, formability, non-destructive testing, and sampling frequency. Confusion may result for tubing producers who also supply commercial grade tubing having similar mechanical properties aerospace tubing. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the tubing manufacturer to understand the risks involved in meeting the requirements of the aerospace material specifications, both Military and AMS.