What is "Reduction of Area (RA%)"?

reduction-area-test-sampleRA% is a term that stands for “reduction of area percentage.” It is an important requirement of the ASTM F1554 specification, in addition to other specifications. This value is reported as a percentage of the original test piece. When fasteners undergo mechanical testing, they are pulled to failure and the diameter of the point at which the fastener breaks is measured and compared to the original diameter. The difference between the original sample and the broken piece is calculated and reported as the reduction of area percentage.

Each grade of ASTM F1554 has a minimum requirement to meet. For example, grade 36 has a 40% minimum reduction of area requirement which means that in order for the bolt to comply to this specification it must reduce in diameter at least 40% (or more) before breaking.

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    curious about this. we have a MTR for B7 all thread, and it has reduction of area and has the chemical requirements. can you call it grade-105 or do we need an engineer to stamp it?

    @Greg- If the B7 meets all the chemical and mechanical requirements of F1554g105, you can call it G105. The standard marking requirement is only red paint on the exposed end unless supplemental requirements S2 and/or S3 are invoked in which case the manufacturer must stamp the rod with their registered manufacturer’s mark and the grade.


    We have produced grade 8.8 bolts with 10B35 raw material dia 20 mm, all parameters are ok and no issues are there is compliance but RA is observed as 42% – 44%, please guide us with remedial measures on how we can achieve 52%

    @Rakesh- Apologies, but we are unable to offer assistance with this, You might consider contacting a metallurgist.

    We had a result of RA% 48 against min requirement of 52% for M24x950mm anchor bolts grade 8.8 . Can this be acceptable & what will be the impact if used. What may be the cause in general when bolts failed in RA test.

    @Gautam- If the minimum RA requirement is 52%, and your bolts came in at 48%, that would be grounds for rejection. However, in some cases the bolts may still be acceptable for use with a waiver. The concern with low ductility reading is that the bolts may be too brittle. Ideally bolts will break in a ductile fashion, where they give a little first, then break. Brittle bolts may snap without yielding first, and that can be a dangerous proposition in some instances.

    @Koushik- The concern when yield and tensile are quite close is that the fracture method may not be ductile but rather brittle. If your measured elongation and reduction of area are still within the allowable for the standard you are using, then you might be ok, but if they are lower than needed, that would be cause for concern.

    Babar- The area of an ellipse is calculated by multiplying one radius by another, and multiplying by pi (3.14). The area of your ellipse/oval is 720mm^2.

    @Nishad- We cannot say why the standard was originally written that way, as it was 25 years ago, but in looking through mill tests of both material, the grade 36 RA% were consistently in the 40-60 range whereas the grade 55 RA% values struggled to reach 40. Most were in the 30-40% range.

    @Devendrasinh- If you calculate the area of both sections (Pi x r^2), and subtract the smaller from the larger, then divide the difference by the larger, you are left with an 11.8% reduction of area. I hope that helps.

    @Stew- A193B7 and A354BC are very similar, but do have a few differences. A193 is a high temperature specification and is heat treated to withstand higher temperatures. A354 is slightly stronger, (109ksi yield vs 105ksi yield) and is mostly used for general purpose applications. If you are wanting to make a substitution, we would recommend running it past the project engineer to be safe, but these two grades are quite similar.

    hello sir
    please tell me that if elongation is less than the require standard then what we will do?
    1) reject all bolts
    2) re sampling or
    it is acceptable to use
    for example GR 36 elongation is coming 9%..
    and what is the sampling method for same heat no but different size and how much should test

    @Mazhar- It sounds as if the elongation is severely below the minimum, and I would think that is grounds for rejection. Neither F1554 nor F1470 (sampling plan) allows for re-sampling, so that would be at the discretion of the project engineer.

    Is it unusual for the requirement for RA% to increase as the tensile strength increases?
    For instance for 1 3/4″ material
    F1554 Gr55 AR% is 30%, elongation is 21%
    F1554 Gr105 AR% is 45%, elongation is 15%

    @Jeff- Not necessarily, however in this case you are comparing apples and oranges. Grade 55 material is low carbon, low alloy as-rolled steel, whereas Grade 105 is a heat treated alloy steel. So yes the RA% is higher on the grade 105, but it is high alloy and thermally treated, so it reacts much differently than the grade 55. A further example is ASTM A354 grade BD. It is made from the same alloy steel as grade 105, but it is heat treated to a higher tensile. The minimum RA% of that grade is 40. Typically, as tensile increases, ductility decreases, all thing being equal.

    What is the effect of RA% = “Reduction of Area” of anchor bolt to the structure (e.g. Pipe Rack Pedestals, Equipment Foundations, etc.)? What will happen if RA% less than the requirements?

    @Wilson – Reduction of Area is, along with Elongation, a measure of ductility. From an engineering and seismic standpoint, it is ideal for the anchor bolts, when overloaded, to stretch rather than shatter. A minor variance from the minimum requirements may not be detrimental, but a large variation might be. Determining how detrimental, and determining at what point problems occur is likely specific to the application and is something that an engineer familiar with the job should be consulted on.

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