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1993 Edition, February 15, 1993

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Standard Practice for Determination of Weight and Shape Changes of Plastics under Accelerated Service Conditions

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  • Revision: 1993 Edition, February 15, 1993
  • Published Date: February 15, 1993
  • Status: Not Active, See comments below
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: ASTM International (ASTM)
  • Page Count: 4
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This practice covers the determination of the weight and shape changes occurring in plastics under various conditions of use, not where exposure to direct sunlight, weathering, corrosive atmospheres, or heat alone is involved, but where changes in atmospheric temperature and humidity are encountered. This embraces the interior of buildings, and the interior of transport facilities such as motor vehicles, airplane cargo spaces or wing interiors, holds of ships, and railroad cars. Procedures are provided for exposing plastics to combinations of extreme humidity and temperature that will accelerate the changes taking place in the materials kept in sheltered spaces but subject to humidity and temperature variation (see Explanatory Note).

Seven test procedures are provided which prescribe conditions for different types of exposure. Six of the procedures cover exposures at graduated levels of temperature and extremes of humidity; the seventh prescribes conditions involving alternate exposure to high and low temperatures. Insofar as weight and shape changes, embraced under the general term of dimensional stability, are concerned, these procedures provide a method of test. Further use of any of the conditions set up in the procedures is suggested, such as conditioning schedules prior to physical testing of the plastic either to test it at the particular condition involved, or to study changes resulting from exposure to that condition.

The values stated in SI 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 problems, 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.

NOTE 1—There is no similar or comparable ISO standard.