ASTM D3623 - 78a(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Testing Antifouling Panels in Shallow Submergence

    Active Standard ASTM D3623 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.45

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This method is designed as a screening test in evaluating antifouling coating systems. Results of the standard system in a specific marine environment are included to assist in interpreting results (see Annex A2).

    4.2 Antifouling systems providing positive comparisons with the standard system should be considered acceptable for use in protecting underwater marine structures.

    4.3 The degree and type of fouling will vary depending on the environment. Hence, differences in geographic location of test sites, in time of year when panels are exposed, and in weather conditions from 1 year to the next can affect results. Therefore, a fouling census on a nontoxic surface is taken. For the exposure to be valid the nontoxic surface should show heavy fouling, and the standard system should show significantly less fouling than the nontoxic surface (see Annex A3 and Annex A4).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure for testing antifouling compositions in shallow marine environments and a standard antifouling panel of known performance to serve as a control in antifouling studies.

    Note 1Subcommittee D01.45 has a revised rating procedure now being evaluated by round robin.

    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 application 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

    A569/A569M Specification for Steel, Carbon (0.15 Maximum, Percent), Hot-Rolled Sheet and Strip Commercial

    D2200 Practice for Use of Pictorial Surface Preparation Standards and Guides for Painting Steel Surfaces

    U.S. Military Specifications (See also

    MIL-S-22698A Steel Plate, Carbon, Structural


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211520(Antifouling paint)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3623-78AR12

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