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ASTM C598

1993 Edition, November 15, 1993

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Standard Test Method for Annealing Point and Strain Point of Glass by Beam Bending

Includes all amendments and changes through Reapproval Notice , 2013


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  • Revision: 1993 Edition, November 15, 1993
  • Published Date: January 2013
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASTM International (ASTM)
  • Page Count: 5
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This test method covers the determination of the annealing point and the strain point of a glass by measuring the rate of midpoint viscous bending of a simply loaded glass beam.2 However, at temperatures corresponding to the annealing and strain points, the viscosity of glass is highly time-dependent. Hence, any viscosities that might be derived or inferred from measurements by this procedure cannot be assumed to represent equilibrium structural conditions.

The annealing and strain points shall be obtained following a specified procedure after direct calibration of the apparatus using beams of standard glasses having known annealing and strain points such as those supplied and certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.3

This test method, as an alternative to Test Method C336 is particularly well suited for glasses that for one reason or another are not adaptable for flame working. It also has the advantages that thermal expansion and effective length corrections, common to the fiber elongation method, are eliminated.

The values stated in metric units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

2 Hagy, H. E., "Experimental Evaluation of Beam Bending Method of Determining Glass Viscosities in the Range 108 to 1015 Poises," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol 46, No. 2, 1963, pp. 95–97.

3 NIST Special Publication 260.