ASTM D3455 - 11

    Standard Test Methods for Compatibility of Construction Material with Electrical Insulating Oil of Petroleum Origin

    Active Standard ASTM D3455 | Developed by Subcommittee: D27.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.03


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    ASTM D3455

    Significance and Use

    The magnitude of the changes in the electrical properties of the insulating oil are of importance in determining the contamination of the oil by the test specimen.

    Physical and chemical changes in the oil such as color, interfacial tension and acidity, also indicate solubility or other adverse effects of the test specimen on the oil.

    Physical changes of the test specimen such as hardness, swelling, and discoloration show the effect of the oil on the test specimen and are used to determine the suitability of the material for use in insulating oil.

    A material meeting the criteria recommended does not necessarily indicate suitability for use in electrical equipment. Other properties must also be considered. Additionally, certain materials containing additives may meet the requirements of these test methods, yet be unsatisfactory when subjected to longer term evaluations. Examples of such materials are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) based compounds, nylon and elastomeric compounds.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover screening for the compatibility of materials of construction with electrical insulating oil for use in electrical equipment.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, 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

    D877 Test Method for Dielectric Breakdown Voltage of Insulating Liquids Using Disk Electrodes

    D924 Test Method for Dissipation Factor (or Power Factor) and Relative Permittivity (Dielectric Constant) of Electrical Insulating Liquids

    D971 Test Method for Interfacial Tension of Oil Against Water by the Ring Method

    D974 Test Method for Acid and Base Number by Color-Indicator Titration

    D1500 Test Method for ASTM Color of Petroleum Products (ASTM Color Scale)

    D2413 Practice for Preparation of Insulating Paper and Board Impregnated with a Liquid Dielectric

    D3487 Specification for Mineral Insulating Oil Used in Electrical Apparatus


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.040.10 (Insulating oils)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15121505(Transformer oil or insulating oil)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3455-11

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