ASTM B577 Testing For Hydrogen Embrittlement Of Copper

Copper alloys prior to hydrogen embrittlement testing per ASTM B577 by G2MT Labs

Copper alloys prior to hydrogen embrittlement testing per ASTM B577

G2MT is a leader in providing the ASTM B577 (and ISO 2626) testing method for analyzing hydrogen embrittlement of copper – we tested over 200 samples in 2015 alone.

In this standard, hydrogen embrittlement of copper is analyzed by (A) microscopic analysis, (B) heating copper samples in a 10% hydrogen atmosphere for 20-40 minutes at 850 degrees Celsius, and (C) practice B with a cold bent after thermal hydrogen treatment. The sample microstructure is analyzed for the presence of voids and open grain structure that is characteristic of hydrogen embrittlement.

Selecting the Right Method for ASTM B577 Testing:

The B577 test methods are used for determining the presence of cuprous oxide (CuO2) in oxygen-free and deoxidized copper.

B577 Method A is a screening test that uses polarized light analysis to analyze mounted samples, and applies to most of the C10000 type alloys, including C11700 and C12000.

B577 Method B is similar but includes a thermal treatment in a hydrogen environment. It applies to the C10100, C10200, C10400, C10500, C10700, C10800, C11700, C12000, C12200, and C14200 alloys.

ASTM B577 Copper Oxides Anaylsis by G2MT Labs

ASTM B577 Copper Oxides Analysis by Microscopy – The red particles are copper oxides.

B577 Method C includes a cold bend test after the thermal treatment. If cracks form on the outer surface, that’s a very clear indication of hydrogen embrittlement.

If you’re not sure which method you need, contact us and we can help you choose. We look forward to helping you!