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1.1 This practice provides general procedures to be used when exposing nonmetallic materials in accelerated test devices that use laboratory light sources. Detailed information regarding procedures to be used for specific devices are found in standards describing the particular device being used. For example, detailed information covering exposures in devices that use open flame carbon arc, enclosed carbon arc, xenon arc and fluorescent UV light source are found in Practices G 152, G 153, and G 154, and G 154 respectively.
Note 1—Carbon-arc, xenon arc, and fluorescent UV exposures were also described in Practices 23, G 26, and G 53 which referred to very specific equipment designs. Practices G 152, G 153, and G 154, and G 155 are performance based standards that replace Practices G 23, G 26, and G 53.
1.2 This practice also describes general performance requirements for devices used for exposing nonmetallic materials to laboratory light sources. This information is intended primarily for producers of laboratory accelerated exposure devices.
1.3 This practice provides information on the use and interpretation of data from accelerated exposure tests. Specific information about methods for determining the property of a nonmetallic material before and after exposure are found in standards describing the method used to measure each property. Information regarding the reporting of results from exposure testing of plastic materials is described in Practice D 5870.
Note 2—Guide G 141 provides information for addressing variability in exposure testing of nonmetallic materials. Guide G 169 provides information for application of statistics to exposure test results
Note 3—This standard is technically equivalent to ISO 4892, Part 1.
1.4 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. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D3924 Specification for Environment for Conditioning and Testing Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Materials
D5870 Practice for Calculating Property Retention Index of Plastics
E41 Terminology Relating To Conditioning
E171 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Flexible Barrier Packaging
E644 Test Methods for Testing Industrial Resistance Thermometers
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
E772 Terminology of Solar Energy Conversion
E839 Test Methods for Sheathed Thermocouples and Sheathed Thermocouple Cable
G23 Practice for Operating Light-Exposure Apparatus (Carbon-Arc Type) With and Without Water for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials
G26 Practice for Operating Light-Exposure Apparatus (Xenon-Arc Type) With and Without Water for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials (Discontinued 2001)
G53 Practice for Operating Light-and Water-Exposure Apparatus (Fluorescent UV-Condensation Type) for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials
G113 Terminology Relating to Natural and Artificial Weathering Tests of Nonmetallic Materials
G130 Test Method for Calibration of Narrow- and Broad-Band Ultraviolet Radiometers Using a Spectroradiometer
G141 Guide for Addressing Variability in Exposure Testing of Nonmetallic Materials
G147 Practice for Conditioning and Handling of Nonmetallic Materials for Natural and Artificial Weathering Tests
G152 Practice for Operating Open Flame Carbon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials
G153 Practice for Operating Enclosed Carbon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials
G154 Practice for Operating Fluorescent Light Apparatus for UV Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials
G155 Practice for Operating Xenon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Non-Metallic Materials
G156 Practice for Selecting and Characterizing Weathering Reference Materials
G169 Guide for Application of Basic Statistical Methods to Weathering Tests
G177 Tables for Reference Solar Ultraviolet Spectral Distributions: Hemispherical on 37 Tilted Surface
ISO StandardsISO 9370 Plastics: Instrumental Determination of Radiant Exposure in Weathering Tests--General Guidance and Basic Test Method
CIE DocumentCIE Publication Number 85: 1989 Technical Report--Solar Spectral Irradiance Available from the Commission Internationale de LEclairage, CIE, Central Bureau, Kegelgasse 27, A-1030 Vienna, Austria or the U.S. National Committee for CIE, National Institute for Science and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.
ICS Number Code 19.040 (Environmental testing)
UNSPSC Code 77101505(Environmental monitoring)
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ASTM G151-06, Standard Practice for Exposing Nonmetallic Materials in Accelerated Test Devices that Use Laboratory Light Sources, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.orgBack to Top