ASTM D257 - 07

    Standard Test Methods for DC Resistance or Conductance of Insulating Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D257 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.01


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    ASTM D257

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover direct-current procedures for the measurement of dc insulation resistance, volume resistance, and surface resistance. From such measurements and the geometric dimensions of specimen and electrodes, both volume and surface resistivity of electrical insulating materials can be calculated, as well as the corresponding conductances and conductivities.

    1.2 These test methods are not suitable for use in measuring the electrical resistance/conductance of moderately conductive materials. Use Test Method D 4496 to evaluate such materials.

    1.3 This standard describes several general alternative methodologies for measuring resistance (or conductance). Specific materials can be tested most appropriately by using standard ASTM test methods applicable to the specific material that define both voltage stress limits and finite electrification times as well as specimen configuration and electrode geometry. These individual specific test methodologies would be better able to define the precision and bias for the determination.

    1.4 The procedures appear in the following sections:

    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.


    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

    D150 Test Methods for AC Loss Characteristics and Permittivity (Dielectric Constant) of Solid Electrical Insulation

    D374 Test Methods for Thickness of Solid Electrical Insulation

    D1169 Test Method for Specific Resistance (Resistivity) of Electrical Insulating Liquids

    D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation

    D4496 Test Method for D-C Resistance or Conductance of Moderately Conductive Materials

    D5032 Practice for Maintaining Constant Relative Humidity by Means of Aqueous Glycerin Solutions

    D6054 Practice for Conditioning Electrical Insulating Materials for Testing

    E104 Practice for Maintaining Constant Relative Humidity by Means of Aqueous Solutions


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.035.01 (Insulating materials in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D0257-07

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