ASTM D3137 - 81(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Hydrolytic Stability

    Active Standard ASTM D3137 | Developed by Subcommittee: D11.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.01


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    ASTM D3137

    Significance and Use

    4.1 Rubber and rubber products for certain applications must withstand the environmental effect of high humidity and resist the deterioration of physical properties under these conditions with time. This test method allows performance properties to be determined under the accelerated conditions of high humidity and elevated temperature.

    4.2 In view of climatic variations in service conditions, this method may not give results correlating exactly with service performance. However, the test method yields comparative data on which to base judgment as to service quality and it is useful in research and development work.

    4.3 This test method is not applicable to coated fabrics; its use for materials other than rubber has not been established.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the ability of rubber to withstand the environmental effects of high humidity. This is accomplished by examination of the material after removal from the moisture-laden environment. It is designed for testing specimens of rubber materials cut from standard sheets prepared in accordance with Practice D3182.

    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. (For specific precautionary statements, see Note 1.)


    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

    D412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers--Tension

    D573 Test Method for Rubber--Deterioration in an Air Oven

    D3040 Practice for Preparing Precision Statements for Standards Related to Rubber and Rubber Testing

    D3182 Practice for Rubber--Materials, Equipment, and Procedures for Mixing Standard Compounds and Preparing Standard Vulcanized Sheets


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.060 (Rubber)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13100000(Rubber and elastomers)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3137

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