ASTM C181 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Workability Index of Fireclay and High-Alumina Refractory Plastics

    Active Standard ASTM C181 | Developed by Subcommittee: C08.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.01


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    Significance and Use

    Workability index serves as a measure of the facility with which refractory plastic materials can be rammed, gunned, or vibrated into place.

    Workability index is commonly used to control consistency of plastics during manufacture. It has also been found useful for specification acceptance by the consumer.

    The workability index determination can provide information for developing a plastic body. When a sample splits under impact at various water contents, it is an indication that the material is short or lacking in plasticity.

    Determinations on samples that split during impact will be difficult to reproduce. If the sample splits, the measurement is not a true indication of deformation. This should be noted in the report.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the workability index of fireclay and high-alumina refractory plastics by measuring the plastic deformation of a molded test specimen when subjected to impacts.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D2906 Practice for Statements on Precision and Bias for Textiles


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 81.080 (Refractories)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/C0181-11

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