ASTM D2766 - 95(2009)

    Standard Test Method for Specific Heat of Liquids and Solids

    Active Standard ASTM D2766 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.L0.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.01


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    Significance and Use

    The specific heat or heat capacity of a substance is a thermodynamic property that is a measure of the amount of energy required to produce a given temperature change within a unit quantity of that substance. It is used in engineering calculations that relate to the manner in which a given system may react to thermal stresses.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the heat capacity of liquids and solids. It is applicable to liquids and solids that are chemically compatible with stainless steel, that have a vapor pressure less than 13.3 kPa (100 torr), and that do not undergo phase transformation throughout the range of test temperatures. The specific heat of materials with higher vapor pressures can be determined if their vapor pressures are known throughout the range of test temperatures.

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


    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

    D1217 Test Method for Density and Relative Density (Specific Gravity) of Liquids by Bingham Pycnometer


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.10 (Heat. Calorimetry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D2766-95R09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D2766-95(2009), Standard Test Method for Specific Heat of Liquids and Solids, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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