ASTM D4486 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Volatile and Reactive Liquids

    Active Standard ASTM D4486 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.L0.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02


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    Significance and Use

    Kinematic viscosity is a physical property which is of importance in the design of systems in which flowing liquids are used or handled.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of kinematic viscosity of transparent, Newtonian liquids which because of their reactivity, instability, or volatility cannot be used in conventional capillary kinematic viscometers. This test method is applicable up to 2 × 105 N/m2 (2 atm) pressure and temperature range from 53 to +135°C (65 to +275°F).

    1.1.1 For the measurement of the kinematic viscosity of other liquids, see Test Method D445.

    1.2 WARNINGMercury has been designated by many regulatory agencies as a hazardous material that can cause central nervous system, kidney and liver damage. Mercury, or its vapor, may be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury containing products. See the applicable product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details and EPAs websitehttp://www.epa.gov/mercury/faq.htmfor additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury and/or mercury containing products into your state or country may be prohibited by law.

    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. For specific warning statements, see 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and Annex A1.


    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

    D445 Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.060 (Measurement of volume, mass, density, viscosity)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D4486-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D4486-10, Standard Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Volatile and Reactive Liquids, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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