ASTM D139 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Float Test for Bituminous Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D139 | Developed by Subcommittee: D04.44

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.03


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The float test characterizes the flow behavior or consistency of certain bituminous materials.

    4.2 This test method is useful in determining the consistency of bitumen as one element in establishing the uniformity of certain shipments or sources of supply.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the float test for bituminous materials.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 Warning—Mercury has been designated by EPA and many state agencies as a hazardous material that can cause central nervous system, kidney, and liver damage. Mercury, or its vapor, may be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury-containing products. See the applicable product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details and EPA’s website (http://www.epa.gov/mercury/faq.htm) for additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury or mercury-containing products, or both, in your state may be prohibited by state law.

    1.4 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. For a specific precaution statement, see 6.1.


    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

    C670 Practice for Preparing Precision and Bias Statements for Test Methods for Construction Materials

    D244 Test Methods and Practices for Emulsified Asphalts

    D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials

    D6997 Test Method for Distillation of Emulsified Asphalt

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    IEC Standard

    IEC60854 Methods of Measuring the Performance of Ultrasonic Pulse-Echo Diagnostic Equipment Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials); 93.080.20 (Road construction materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121500(Bituminous derivatives)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0139-12

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