ASTM C729 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Density of Glass by the Sink-Float Comparator

    Active Standard ASTM C729 | Developed by Subcommittee: C14.04

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.02


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    Significance and Use

    The sink-float comparator method of test for glass density provides the most accurate (yet convenient for practical applications) method of evaluating the density of small pieces or specimens of glass. The data obtained are useful for daily quality control of production, acceptance or rejection under specifications, and for special purposes in research and development.

    Although this test scope is limited to a density range from 1.1 to 3.3 g/cm3, it may be extended (in principle) to higher densities by the use of other miscible liquids (Test Method ) such as water and thallium malonate-formate (approximately 5.0 g/cm3). The stability of the liquid and the precision of the test may be reduced somewhat, however, at higher densities.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the density of glass or nonporous solids of density from 1.1 to 3.3 g/cm 3. It can be used to determine the apparent density of ceramics or solids, preferably of known porosity.

    1.2 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

    D1217 Test Method for Density and Relative Density (Specific Gravity) of Liquids by Bingham Pycnometer

    E77 Test Method for Inspection and Verification of Thermometers

    F77 Test Method for Apparent Density of Ceramics for Electron Device and Semiconductor Application (Discontinued 2001)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 81.040.10 (Raw materials and raw glass)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/C0729-11

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