ASTM A694 Standard specification


ASTM A694 is the standard specification for carbon and alloy steel forgings for pipe flanges, fittings, valves, and parts for high-pressure transmission service which are manufactured for use with high-strength transmission-service pipe. ASTM A694 refers to the material of carbon and alloy steel pipe flanges, fittings, valves and parts for high pressure liquid transmissions. It covers material grades of F42, F46, F50, F52, F56, F60, F65 and F70.

ASTM A694 F65 weld neck flanges, 16″ RTJ 600# SCH80, MSS SP 44.

ASTM A694 F65 weld neck flanges
ASME B16.11 forged tee

ASME B16.11 forged tee 3000# NPT, ASTM A694 F52, Galvanized.


ASTM A694 have several grades from F42 to F70, and each grade is specified based on the minimum yield strength as below.

Minimum yield strength of ASTM A694

GradeYield Strength (0.2% offset),min, ksi [MPa]Tensile Strength, min, ksi [MPa]Elongation in 2 in, or 50 mm, min %
F4242 [290]60 [415]20
F4646 [315]60 [415]20
F4848 [330]62 [420]20
F5050 [345]64 [440]20
F5252 [360]66 [455]20
F5656 [385]68 [470]20
F6060 [415]75 [515]20
F6565 [450]77 [530]20
F7070 [485]82 [565]18


The standard available in two units, foot-pound units and International Metric (SI) units. However, the material shall be supplied in feet-pound units unless the ”metric” code (SI unit) is specified in the order.

Reference Standard

In addition to the reference standards listed in Specification A961, the following standards also apply to this specification.

ASTM Standards:

  • A53/A53M Specification for pipe, steel, black and hot-dipped, zinc-coated, welded and seamless
  • A106 Specification for Seamless Carbon Steel Pipe for High-Temperature Service
  • A381 Specification for Metal-Arc-Welded Steel Pipe for Use with High-Pressure Transmission Systems
  • A707/A 707M Specification for Forged Carbon and Alloy Steel Flanges for Low-Temperature Service
  • A788 Specification for Steel Forgings, General Requirements
  • A961 Specification for Common Requirements for Steel Flanges, Forged Fittings, Valves, and Parts for Piping Applications

ASME Standards:

  • ASME B 16.5 Steel Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings
  • ASME B 16.9 Steel Butt-Welding Fittings
  • ASME B 16.10 Face-to-Face and End-to-End Dimensions of Ferrous Valves
  • ASME B 16.11 Forged Steel Fittings, Socket Welding and Threaded
  • ASME B 16.28 Wrought Steel Butt-Welding Short Radius Elbows
  • ASME B 16.47 Large Diameter Steel Flanges

MSS Standards:

  • MSS SP-44 Standard for Steel Pipe Line Flange
  • MSS SP-75 Specification for High-Test Welding Fittings
  • MSS SP-95 Swage (d) Nipples and Bull Plugs
  • MSS SP-97 Integrally Reinforced Forged Branch Outlet Fittings

API Standard:

  • API 5L Specification for Line Pipe

General requirements

Materials provided in accordance with this specification shall comply with the requirements of Specification A961 and the additional requirements specified in the purchase order. If failure to comply with A961/A961M. it means material note comply with ASTM A694. And if this specification is inconsistent with the specification A 961, this specification shall be primary followed.

Manufacturing process

Melting Process

The steel material under A694 shall adopt one of the following smelting processes: open furnace, electric furnace or oxygen top-blown converter. Moreover, steel should be completely deoxidized.

As agreed by the buyer and manufacturer, the material shall be carbon steel, high strength low alloy steel or alloy steel. Further more, manufacturer shall report the chemical composition of the used material. All the produced products shall be adapted to welded on the pipes of ASTM A53, ASTM A106, ASTM A381, API 5L or the fittings of MSS SP-75.

Manufacturing Practice:

Forging materials include ingots or billets, billets, slabs or forged, rolled rods, and cut to the specified length according to the appropriate process.

Hot working shall be sufficient to develop a wrought structure throughout the part.

Flanges shall not be machined directly from plate nor from solid bar stock.

Heat treatment

All forgings should be heat treated. The heat treatment of carbon steel and high-strength low-alloy steel should be normalized, normalized or tempered or quenched and tempered. The heat treatment of alloy steel is aging treatment with quenching and precipitation or aging treatment with quenching and precipitation.

Tempering temperature shall be at least 1000 ℉ [540 ℃], precipitation heat treatment of alloy steel shall be in range from 1000 to 1225 ℉ [540 ℃ to 665 ℃].

Chemical composition

The smelting analysis shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions of Specification A961, and the results of the analysis shall comply with the chemical composition requirements given as below.

Chemical Requirements of ASTM A694

Element                                                          Composition, % Heat Analysis
Carbon, max0.3
Manganese, max1.6
Phosphorus, max0.025
Sulfur, max0.025
Columbium (Niobium)
All elements listed in Table 2 shall be reported. Where no composition limit is listed, values are to be reported but no limits apply except as covered in 6.3. (Alloy steel shall conform to Grade L5 of A707/707M)

Tensile Strength

The mechanical properties are tested in accordance with the requirements of Specification A 961. The tensile mechanical properties of the materials are to comply with the requirements of Table 1.

Process quality, precision and appearance

Forgings shall be free of the detrimental defects described in Specification A961.

Repair by Welding
  • Repair by welding of injurious defects-repair of injurious defects shall be comply with A961/A.961M
  • Deposited weld metal shall be capable of meeting all mechanical properties upon heat treatment.
  • All forgings to be repaired by welding shall be repair welded prior to heat treatment.
Rejection and rehearing

The purchaser shall comply with the requirements of Specification A961/A961M.