ASTM D2538 - 02(2010)

    Standard Practice for Fusion of Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Compounds Using a Torque Rheometer

    Active Standard ASTM D2538 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.01


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    Significance and Use

    When PVC compounds are mixed under appropriate conditions of heat and shear, a fused mass is produced. This mass has certain melt characteristics which can be defined with a torque rheometer operated under fixed conditions of shear and temperature. The fusion characteristics of a PVC compound are manifest as fusion time, fusion torque, melt torque, melt viscosity, and heat and color stability.

    A control lot is to be used as a standard against which other test results are to be compared. Test data are to be evaluated relative to the control lot.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the relative fusion characteristics of poly(vinyl chloride) compounds.

    1.2 The test procedures appear in the following order:


    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

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13102030(Polyvinyl Chloride PVC)


    DOI: 10.1520/D2538-02R10

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