ASTM D1879 - 06(2014)

    Standard Practice for Exposure of Adhesive Specimens to Ionizing Radiation

    Active Standard ASTM D1879 | Developed by Subcommittee: D14.80

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.06


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The procedures outlined in this practice are designed to standardize the exposure of adhesive-bonded specimens for the purpose of studying the effects of ionizing radiation, but have been made flexible enough so that a large variety of conditions may be met within the scope of this one irradiation method. Because of this flexibility in the procedures, it is important that the experimenter have some idea of the kind of changes that will occur, and of the conditions that will affect these changes.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The purpose of this practice is to define conditions for the exposure of polymeric adhesives in bonded specimens to ionizing radiation prior to determination of radiation-induced changes in physical or chemical properties. This recommended practice specifically covers the following kinds of radiation: gamma or X-ray radiation, electron or beta radiation, neutrons, and mixtures of these such as reactor radiation.

    1.2 This practice specifies only the conditions of irradiation but does not cover the preparation of test specimens, testing conditions, or the evaluation of test. These are covered in the various ASTM methods or specifications for specific materials.

    1.3 This practice covers procedures for the following five types of exposure:

    Procedure A—Exposure at ambient conditions.

    Procedure B—Exposure at controlled temperature.

    Procedure C—Exposure in a medium other than air.

    Procedure D—Exposure under load.

    Procedure E—Exposure combining two or more of the variables listed in Procedures A to D.

    Note 1The problems of measuring the properties of materials during irradiation involve shielding and remote control facilities and are, therefore, not considered in this practice.

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

    1.5 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.

    1.5.1 Electrical Hazard: Warning—The users of this practice must be aware that there are inherent dangers associated with the use of electrical instrumentation and that this practice cannot and will not substitute for a practical knowledge of the instrument used for a particular procedure.

    1.5.2 Radio Frequency: Warning—Persons with pacemakers may be affected by the radio frequency.


    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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D907 Terminology of Adhesives

    D1672 Practice for Exposure of Polymeric Materials to High-Energy Radiation

    D2953 Classification System for Polymeric Materials for Service in Ionizing Radiation

    E170 Terminology Relating to Radiation Measurements and Dosimetry

    E261 Practice for Determining Neutron Fluence, Fluence Rate, and Spectra by Radioactivation Techniques

    E666 Practice for Calculating Absorbed Dose From Gamma or X Radiation

    E720 Guide for Selection and Use of Neutron Sensors for Determining Neutron Spectra Employed in Radiation-Hardness Testing of Electronics

    E2005 Guide for Benchmark Testing of Reactor Dosimetry in Standard and Reference Neutron Fields

    ISO/ASTM Standards:‚ÄČ

    ISO/ASTM51261 Guide for Selection and Calibration of Dosimetry Systems for Radiation Processing

    ISO/ASTM51649 Practice for Dosimetry in an Electron Beam Facility for Radiation Processing at Energies Between 300 keV and 25 MeV

    ISO/ASTM51702 Practice for Dosimetry in Gamma Irradiation Facilities for Radiation Processing

    ISO/ASTM51818 Practice for Dosimetry in an Electron Beam Facility for Radiation Processing at Energies Between 80 and 300 keV


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.180 (Adhesives)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D1879

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