Steel Plate ASTM A36

This specification covers carbon structural steel shapes, plates, and bars of structural quality for use in riveted, bolted, or welded construction of bridges and buildings, and for general structural purposes. Heat analysis shall be used to determine the required chemical composition for...

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This specification covers carbon structural steel shapes, plates, and bars of structural quality for use in riveted, bolted, or welded construction of bridges and buildings, and for general structural purposes. Heat analysis shall be used to determine the required chemical composition for carbon, manganese, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, and copper. Tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation shall be evaluated using tension test and must conform to the required tensile properties.


A36 steel general information

The A36 steel specification was first issued in 1960. Today, engineers specify ASTM A36 for more structural steel fabrications than any other type of plate. Consequently, it is the most purchased hot-roll steel plate in the world and the least expensive of the commercial carbon steels. The heat ability reates very good welding properties, and the 36 ksi yield strength makes it acceptable for most applications. A36 is considered a mild steel due to it’s relatively moderate hardness.


A-36 is a structural-quality mild carbon steel used in general construction applications including bolted or welded construction of buildings and bridges and common machine parts.


Common uses of A36: Shim plates, Gusset plates, bridge plates, bearing plates, robot bases, column base plates, press parallels, press platens, tooling plates, machine plates, machine frames and pedestals, steel table tops, base plates, mold & die, machine mounting plates.


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