ASTM C581 - 03(2008)e1

    Standard Practice for Determining Chemical Resistance of Thermosetting Resins Used in Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Structures Intended for Liquid Service

    Active Standard ASTM C581 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.03


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    Significance and Use

    The results obtained by this practice shall serve as a guide in, but not as the sole basis for, selection of a thermosetting resin used in an RTP structure. No attempt has been made to incorporate into the practice all the various factors that may enter into the serviceability of an RTP structure when subjected to chemical environments. These factors may include stress, different resin-to-glass ratios, and multiple veils.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is designed to evaluate, in an unstressed state, the chemical resistance of thermosetting resins used in the fabrication of reinforced thermosetting plastic (RTP) laminates. This practice provides for the determination of changes in the properties, described as follows, of the test specimens and test reagent after exposure of the specimens to the reagent: hardness of specimens, weight change thickness, appearance of specimens, appearance of immersion media, and flexural strength and modulus.

    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.

    Note 1—This practice may also be used to evaluate other factors, such as surfacing veils, the effect of resin additives, and fabrication variables on the chemical resistance of the resin.

    Note 2—There is no known ISO equivalent to this 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

    D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

    D2563 Practice for Classifying Visual Defects in Glass-Reinforced Plastic Laminate Parts

    D2583 Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Rigid Plastics by Means of a Barcol Impressor

    D2584 Test Method for Ignition Loss of Cured Reinforced Resins


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13111000(Resins)


    DOI: 10.1520/C0581-03R08E01

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