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AMCA 500-D

2012 Edition, January 1, 2012

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Laboratory Methods of Testing Dampers for Rating

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This standard may be used as a basis for testing dampers when air is used as the test gas.

A test conducted in accordance with the requirements of this standard is intended to demonstrate the performance of a damper and is not intended to determine acceptability level for a damper. It is not within the scope of this standard to indicate the actual sequence of testing.

The parties to a test for guarantee purposes may agree to exceptions to this standard in writing prior to the test. However, only a test that does not violate any mandatory requirement of this standard shall be designated as a test conducted in accordance with this standard.

For more information on damper modulating control characteristics, see Annex C.


The purpose of this standard is to establish uniform laboratory test methods for dampers. The characteristics to be determined include, as appropriate, air leakage, pressure drop, dynamic closure, and operational torque.

It is not the purpose of this standard to specify the testing procedures to be used for design, production, or field testing. Similarly, it is not the purpose of this standard to indicate or establish minimum or maximum performance ratings to be used for specifying these products.