ASTM G122-96(2002)

    Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Cleaning Agents

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure for evaluating the capability of cleaning agents and processes to remove contamination to the desired level.

    1.2 The test coupons provide a relatively rough surface to which contamination can easily adhere.

    1.3 The capability of a particular cleaning agent depends upon the method by which it is used and the characteristics of the article being cleaned, such as size, shape, and material. Final evaluation of the cleaning agent should include testing of actual products and production process.

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

    1.5 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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Note 2.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    G94 Guide for Evaluating Metals for Oxygen Service

    G121 Practice for Preparation of Contaminated Test Coupons for the Evaluation of Cleaning Agents

    ANSI Standard

    D46.1 Surface Texture (Surface Roughness, Waviness, Lay)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.40 (Surface active agents)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/G0122-96R02

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