ASTM C272 / C272M - 12

    Standard Test Method for Water Absorption of Core Materials for Sandwich Constructions

    Active Standard ASTM C272 / C272M | Developed by Subcommittee: D30.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.03


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    Significance and Use

    Absorbed water affects the characteristic properties of sandwich core materials, such as electrical properties (for example, dielectric constant, loss tangent, and electrical resistance) and mechanical properties (for example, strength and modulus). The mass of absorbed water may also affect the behavior of sandwich structures. It should be noted that in a sandwich panel the presence of facings bonded on two sides of the core may affect the amount of water absorbed by the core.

    This test method provides a standard method of obtaining sandwich core moisture absorption data for design properties, material specifications, research and development applications, and quality assurance.

    Factors that influence the water absorption and shall therefore be reported include the following: core material, methods of material fabrication, core geometry (honeycomb cell size, honeycomb cell wall thickness, foam pore size, etc.), specimen geometry, specimen preparation, methods of mass and dimensional measurement, specimen conditioning, and moisture content during mass and dimensional measurements.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the relative amount of water absorption by various types of sandwich construction core materials when immersed in water, or when subjected to a high relative humidity environment. Permissible core material forms include those with continuous bonding surfaces (such as balsa wood and foams) as well as those with discontinuous bonding surfaces (such as honeycomb).

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.2.1 Within the text the inch-pound units are shown in brackets.

    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

    C274 Terminology of Structural Sandwich Constructions

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D3878 Terminology for Composite Materials

    D5229/D5229M Test Method for Moisture Absorption Properties and Equilibrium Conditioning of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

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

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.120 (Reinforced plastics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/C0272-01R07

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    Citation Format

    ASTM C272 / C272M-12, Standard Test Method for Water Absorption of Core Materials for Sandwich Constructions, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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