Insulating Fluid Quality (IFQ)

    2014 Annual Fee: $464.00

    Schedule: March, September

    Sample Amount: 1/2 Gallon Can



    ABOUT THE PROGRAM

    ASTM International Proficiency Testing Center is pleased to offer a Proficiency Testing Program on Insulating Fluid Quality Testing to laboratories who need a statistical quality assurance tool that will enable them to improve, and maintain a high level of performance in conducting routine ASTM tests on insulating fluid oils by comparing their results with other laboratories worldwide.

    Samples, test instructions and data report forms are distributed electronically to each participant on the date samples are distributed. Labs have approximately 8 weeks to submit test data with the final statistical summary reports being electronically distributed in approximately 25 days.

    Upon completion of tests, each laboratory returns their test data to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. Reports contain:

    • Coded laboratory test results
    • Statistical analyses of test data
    • Charts plotting test results versus laboratory code
    • Other Information

    For more information, contact us.


    WHY SHOULD YOUR LABORATORY PARTICIPATE?

    You will receive test results, available only to participating laboratories that will help you:

    • Monitor strengths and weaknesses of your laboratory's performance
    • Periodically compare your test results and calculated statistical parameters with other laboratories

    Should you have an issue with your published results, please write to ptp@astm.org with your lab number and account number.

    NOTE: Participation is not contingent upon performing all program test.


    TEST MATERIALS

    Each participating lab will receive a ½ gallon can containing either an In-Service Mineral Insulating Fluid sample or a New Mineral Insulating Fluid sample for one of the two test cycles conducted during the year.


    TEST METHODS

    Acid Number

    D664, D974

    Aniline Point

    D611

    Color

    D1500

    Density

    D1298, D4052

    Dielectric

    D877, D1816

    Flash Point

    D92

    Furans

    D5837

    Interfacial Tension

    D971

    Oxidation Inhibitor

    D2668, D4768

    Oxidation Stability

    D2112

    Particle Count

    D6786

    Power Factor (25ºC and 100ºC)

    D924

    Pour Point

    D97, D5950

    Sulfur Corrosive

    D1275

    Trace Metals

    D7151

    Viscosity, Kinematic @ 40ºC

    D445

    Water Content

    D1533

    NOTE: List of Methods Subject to Change.


    DISTRIBUTION OF SAMPLES

    Test samples are prepared and distributed for ASTM International by Clark Lab in Jefferson Hills, PA. Program registration fees include the cost of shipping test samples to U.S. participants or, for international participants, to a third party shipping agent located in the U.S.

    IMPORTANT for Intercontinental participants: You have the following options for receipt of samples:

    • Ship through a third party shipping agent - provide ASTM International with the complete contact information of a designated Shipping Agent located in the U.S. who will be responsible for shipping samples from the U.S. to your facility. Participants are responsible for making financial and shipping arrangements directly with the shipping agent.
      • Please be advised that when samples are shipped, an e-mail is sent only to the contact of record on your ASTM PTP account. It is the customer’s responsibility to advise their designated shipper that the sample has been shipped.
      • We cannot permit shipping agents to pick up samples at our distributors’ warehouses.
    • Ship directly from the sample distributor via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX - Provide ASTM International with your shipping account number to cover shipping charges. Check that your carrier will deliver the test materials to your location. Materials classified as Hazardous may have restrictions.

    ABOUT ASTM COMMITTEE D27

    Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases has 92 members and over 66 published ASTM standards. This committee provides the technical direction for the PTP program. Test information generated through the program is utilized by Committee D27 to determine if modifications to ASTM standard tests are warranted. Data submitted to Committee D27 from the ASTM-PTP are coded to maintain lab confidentiality.