ASTM D1881 - 97(2009)

    Standard Test Method for Foaming Tendencies of Engine Coolants in Glassware

    Active Standard ASTM D1881 | Developed by Subcommittee: D15.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.05


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    Significance and Use

    The test method generally will distinguish coolants that have a tendency to foam excessively from those that are suitable for further evaluation to determine performance in actual service.

    Note 1—In use, the foaming tendency of a coolant solution may be increased by service aging or contamination. A properly functioning pressure cap will tend to suppress foaming in coolant solutions.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a simple glassware test for evaluating the tendency of engine coolants to foam under laboratory-controlled-conditions of aeration and temperature.

    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. For specific warning statements, see 7.2 and 7.4.

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


    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

    D1176 Practice for Sampling and Preparing Aqueous Solutions of Engine Coolants or Antirusts for Testing Purposes

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D3585 Specification for ASTM Reference Fluid for Coolant Tests

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    E128 Test Method for Maximum Pore Diameter and Permeability of Rigid Porous Filters for Laboratory Use


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.45 (Refrigerants and antifreezes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D1881-97R09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D1881-97(2009), Standard Test Method for Foaming Tendencies of Engine Coolants in Glassware, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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