SSPC-AB 2May 1, 1996Editorial Revisions November 1, 2004
This speciﬁcation covers the requirements for cleanli-ness of recycled ferrous metallic blast cleaning abrasives usedfor the removal of coatings, paints, scale, rust and other foreignmatter from steel or other surfaces.
Requirements are given for lab and ﬁeld testing ofrecycled ferrous metallic abrasives work mix.
Recycled ferrous metallic abrasives are intended foruse in ﬁeld or shop abrasive blast cleaning of steel or othersurfaces.
2.1 FERROUS METALLIC ABRASIVES:
Ferrous metal-lic abrasives are used for blast cleaning steel and other surfaces.The inherent value of ferrous metallic abrasives is their abilityto be recycled many times. The recycled abrasive must becleaned to remove abrasive ﬁnes and debris, including paint,rust, mill scale, and other contaminants generated during theblast cleaning of steel or other surfaces.
2.2 RECYCLED ABRASIVE WORK MIX:
The work mixdevelops during blast cleaning and recycling and is composedof new abrasive additions and recycled abrasive. The newabrasive being added may consist of shot, grit, or a mix of shotand grit.
3. Reference Standards
The latest issue, revision, or amendment of the refer-enced standards in effect on the date of invitation to bid shallgovern, unless otherwise speciﬁed.
If there is a conﬂict between the requirements ofany of the cited referenced standards and this speciﬁcation,the requirements of this speciﬁcation shall prevail.
3.4 AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERI-ALS (ASTM) STANDARDS:D 3335
Standard Test Method for Low Concentra-tions of Lead, Cadmium, and Cobalt in Paintby Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
Standard Test Method for ConductimetricAnalysis of Water Soluble Ionic Contami-nantion in Blasting Abrasives
Standard Speciﬁcation for Wire Cloth andSieves for Testing Purposes
4. Requirements for Recycled Work Mix Abra-sives
4.1 NON-ABRASIVE RESIDUE:
Using the proceduredeﬁned in Section 5.1, the non-abrasive residue shall not ex-ceed 1% by weight of the work mix sample taken for testing.
4.2 LEAD CONTENT:
The maximum lead content of thework mix shall be 0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) when tested inaccordance with Section 5.2.
4.3 WATER-SOLUBLE CONTAMINANTS:
The conduc-tivity of the abrasive shall not exceed 1000 micromhos/cm (seeNote 9.1).
4.4 OIL CONTENT:
The abrasive sample in water shallshow no presence of oil, either on the surface of the wateror as an emulsion in the water when examined visually afterstanding for 10 minutes.
4.5 FAILURE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS:
Should therecycled ferrous metallic abrasive fail to meet the requirementsof Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, or 4.4, it must be recleaned until itmeets these requirements.
5. Testing Procedure
5.1 PROCEDURE FOR DETERMINING NON-ABRA-SIVE RESIDUE IN WORK MIX
Collect a minimum of three representative samples(approximately 450 grams [1 lb] each) of the work mix. Thethree samples shall be collected at three different times duringeach reclamation cycle, or during an 8-hour period.
Combine the samples collected as describedin Section 5.1.1 and split into approximately 115 g (1/4 lb)samples.
Add approximately 115 g (1/4 pound) to a 203 mm(8-inch) diameter #100 sieve, per ASTM E 11, and screen theabrasive for one minute.
Spread the screened portion (>#100 sieve per ASTME 11) over a clean surface of approximately 0.1 m
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
ABRASIVE SPECIFICATION NO. 2
Cleanliness of Recycled Ferrous Metallic Abrasives