Active Standard ASTM D3012 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.15
Book of Standards Volume: 08.01
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Significance and Use
5.2 The thermal level of this test method is considered sufficiently severe to cause failure of commercial grades of heat-stable polypropylene within a reasonable period of time. If desired, lower temperatures can be applied to estimate the performance of polypropylene materials with lower heat stability.
5.3 The technique of specimen rotation described in this test method provides an estimate of the life-temperature relationship of polypropylene. If this test method is conducted at different temperatures on the same material, a more reliable estimate of the life-temperature relationship of polypropylene is determined. This test method can be conducted at several temperatures and the data interpreted through use of the Arrhenius relation, by plotting the logarithms of times to failure against the reciprocals of the temperatures in kelvins (K). Temperatures in the range from 100 to 150°C, with intervals of 10°C, are suggested for this purpose.
1.2 The stability determined by this test method is not directly related to the suitability of the material for use when different environmental conditions prevail and shall not be used to predict performance.
1.4 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.
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D3641 Practice for Injection Molding Test Specimens of Thermoplastic Molding and Extrusion Materials
D4101 Specification for Polypropylene Injection and Extrusion Materials
D5374 Test Methods for Forced-Convection Laboratory Ovens for Evaluation of Electrical Insulation
E77 Test Method for Inspection and Verification of Thermometers
E220 Test Method for Calibration of Thermocouples By Comparison Techniques
E608 Specification for Mineral-Insulated, Metal-Sheathed Base Metal Thermocouples
E644 Test Methods for Testing Industrial Resistance Thermometers
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
E1137/E1137M Specification for Industrial Platinum Resistance Thermometers
E2251 Specification for Liquid-in-Glass ASTM Thermometers with Low-Hazard Precision Liquids
ISO StandardISO1873 Plastics--Polypropylene and Propylene-Copolymer Thermoplastics: ISO4577–1983 Plastics--Polypropylene and Propylene Copolymers--Determination of Thermal Oxidative Stability in Air-Oven Method Part1: Designation Part2: Determination of Properties
ICS Number Code 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials)
UNSPSC Code 13102022(Polypropylene PP)