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1.1 This classification system covers the basic polymers and copolymers known as polyphenylene ethers and polyphenylene oxides, as well as filled, modified, and reinforced versions. Recycled materials are included in this standard as Class 5 of Table PPE.
Note 1—Addition to the natural polymer or copolymer of pigments, colorants, or other additives can cause the final composition to no longer meet the requirements specified for the natural polymer or copolymer.
Note 2—The preferred abbreviation for polyphenylene ether is PPE, as noted in Terminology D1600.
1.2 This classification system and subsequent line callout (specification) are intended to provide a means of calling out plastic materials used in the fabrication of end items or parts. It is not intended for the selection of materials. Material selection should be made by those having expertise in the plastic field after careful consideration of the design and the performance required of the part, the environment to which it will be exposed, the fabrication process to be employed, the costs involved, and the inherent properties of the material other than those covered by this standard.
1.3 There may be other requirements necessary to identify particular characteristics important to specific applications. These are to be specified by using the suffixes described in Section 5.
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.
Note 3—There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D256 Test Methods for Determining the Izod Pendulum Impact Resistance of Plastics
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D648 Test Method for Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics
D4000 Classification System for Specifying Plastic Materials
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
Underwriters LaboratoriesUL94 Standards for Tests for Flammability for Parts in Devices and Appliances Available from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Publications Stock, 333 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL 60067.
ICS Number Code 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials)
UNSPSC Code 13102031(Polyphenylene ether PPE)
ASTM D4349-10, Classification System and Basis for Specification for Polyphenylene Ether (PPE) Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top