ASTM D1603 - 14

    Standard Test Method for Carbon Black Content in Olefin Plastics

    Active Standard ASTM D1603 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.70

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The information provided by this test method is useful for manufacturing quality control, technical service, and research purposes; and is required by various material specifications and for the calculation of optical absorptivity.

    4.2 Test Method D4218 is available for determining the carbon black content of polyethylene compounds if so desired.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the carbon black content in polyethylene, polypropylene, and polybutylene plastics. Its use with acrylic or other polar monomer modifications which might affect the accuracy is not recommended. Determinations of carbon black content are made gravimetrically after pyrolysis of the sample under nitrogen. This test method is not applicable to compositions that contain nonvolatile pigments or fillers other than carbon black.

    1.1.1 This test method is not applicable to materials containing brominated flame retardant additives at the end.

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

    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.

    Note 1: This standard and ISO 6964-1986(E) address the same subject matter, but differ in technical content.


    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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D4218 Test Method for Determination of Carbon Black Content in Polyethylene Compounds By the Muffle-Furnace Technique

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

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    ISO Standard

    ISO6964-1986(E) Polyolefin Pipes and Fittings--Determination of Carbon Black by Calcination and Pyrolysis--Test Method and Basic Specification ISO/IEC Selected Standards for Testing Plastics, Second Edition, published by ASTM. Also available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.10 (Thermosetting materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13102032(Thermoplastic polyolefin TPO)


    DOI: 10.1520/D1603-14

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