ASTM D3377 - 04(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Weight Loss of Solventless Varnishes

    Active Standard ASTM D3377 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The amount and composition of by-products produced by exposure of insulating varnishes to elevated temperatures can possibly:

    4.1.1 Deteriorate other insulations in the system,

    4.1.2 Cause cracking of insulation due to pressure, buildup in thick cross sections, or

    4.1.3 Corrode other parts in the assembly.

    4.2 Amount and rate of weight loss will possibly affect the thermal rating of a varnish.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the percent weight loss of cured solventless electrical varnishes when exposed to elevated temperatures for prescribed periods of time.

    1.2 Results of this test method are based on 6-mm (1/4-in.) thick specimens and will not be applicable to specimens appreciably thinner or thicker than 6 mm.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    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.

    Note 1This standard resembles IEC 60216–2 “Guide for the determination of thermal endurance properties of electrical insulating materials. Part 2: Choice of test criteria” in a number of ways, but is not consistently similar throughout. The data obtained using either standard will possibly be technically equivalent.


    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

    D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation

    D5423 Specification for Forced-Convection Laboratory Ovens for Evaluation of Electrical Insulation

    IEC Standard

    IEC60216–2 Guide for the determination of thermal endurance properties of electrical insulating materials. Part 2: Choice of test criteria Available from American National Standards Institute, 11 W. 42nd St., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10036.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.035.60 (Varnished fabrics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211707(Varnishes)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3377-04R13

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