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ASTM A179/ ASME SA-179 Seamess Tubes

August 3, 2020

Standard, Size, Manufacture & Heat Treatment

ASTM A179 seamless tubes

ASTM A179 seamless tubes, O.D=25.4 mm, minimum w.t = 2.41 mm, length = 9.144m.

ASTM A179, identical with ASME SA-179, is the standard specification covering minimum-wall-thickness cold-drawn low-carbon steel tubes for tubular heat exchangers, condensers, and similar heat transfer apparatus. This specification cover tubes 1/8″ to 3″ [3.2 mm to 76.2 mm], inclusive, in outside diameter. The ASTM A179 tubes shall be made by the seamless process and shall be cold drawn; and they shall be heat treated after the final cold draw pass at a temperature of 1200°F [650°C] or higher. These seamless tubes are usually called as low-carbon steel tubes, heat exchanger tubes, boiler tubes, etc.

Chemical Composition Requirements

ElementWeight Percent
*All values shall be based on heat analysis.

Mechanical Properties

T.S. min.
ksi [MPa]
47 [325]
Y.S. min.
ksi [MPa]
26 [180]
El. in 2"
min. %
Max. HRB
*The values listed don’t apply to ASTM A179 tubing smaller than 1/8″ [3.2 mm] in outside diameter or with a wall thickness under 0.015″ [0.4 mm].


Cold-drawn tube facilities

The production facilities for cold-drawn heat exchanger tubes, in a pipe mill, Shandong Province.

Finished tubes made in accordance with ASTM A179 shall be free of scale. A slight amount of oxidation will not be considered as scale. The following mechanical tests are required: flattening test, flaring test, flange test, hardness test, as well as hydrostatic test.

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