ASTM D4476 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Flexural Properties of Fiber Reinforced Pultruded Plastic Rods

    Active Standard ASTM D4476 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.18

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.02


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    Significance and Use

    Flexural properties determined by this test method are especially useful for quality control and specification purposes.

    The maximum axial fiber stresses occur on a line under the loading nose. The use of the semicircular cross section eliminates premature compression shear that has been noted in three-point flexure tests on full-round rods.

    Flexural properties may vary with specimen depth, temperature, atmospheric conditions, and differences in rate of straining.

    Before proceeding with this test method, reference should be made to the specification of the material being tested. Any test specimen preparation, conditioning, dimensions, or testing parameters, or combination thereof, covered in the materials specification shall take precedence over those mentioned in this test method. If there are no material specifications, then the default conditions apply.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the flexural properties of fiber-reinforced pultruded plastic rods. The specimen is a rod with a semicircular cross section, molded or cut from lengths of pultruded rods (see Fig. 1). This test method is designed for rods with a diameter of 1/2 in. or greater.

    Note 1—There is no known ISO equivalent for this test method.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

    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.


    FIG. 1 Cross Section of Test Specimen


    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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D3918 Terminology Relating to Reinforced Plastic Pultruded Products

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30102415(Plastic rods)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4476-09

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