ASTM D4499 - 07

    Standard Test Method for Heat Stability of Hot-Melt Adhesives

    Active Standard ASTM D4499 | Developed by Subcommittee: D14.50

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.06


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    Significance and Use

    Hot-melt adhesives must generally be applied at relatively high temperatures in order that the adhesive viscosity is low enough that it can be readily handled in typical hot-melt equipment. Changes in the adhesive caused by exposure to the severe environment required during hot-melt processing will disrupt the adhesive application process and may affect the quality of the adhesive bond. Changes in adhesive viscosity may affect the quantity of adhesive dispensed by the applicator. Phase separation or changes in viscosity and color may be an indication of changes occurring in the adhesive which could affect the quality of the adhesive joint. A skin formed on the adhesive may eventually clog the applicator nozzle or die.

    The data generated in this test procedure are comparative in nature. Results can be useful in observing batch-to-batch variation or relative thermal stability of alternate adhesive formulations. Results can also be useful in selecting application equipment and establishing operating conditions for satisfactory handling of a particular hot-melt adhesive.

    Round-robin testing showed that the reproducibility of this test method can depend strongly on the characteristics of the adhesive being tested. Results showed that, for the particular adhesives tested in the round robin, the test method was well suited for testing the heat stability of the adhesives based on an EVA copolymer, a polyolefin, and a polyamide. However, because of poor reproducibility, the test method proved to be unsuitable for assessing the heat stability of the adhesive based on a block copolymer. Precision of this test method is discussed in Section 11.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the evaluation of hot-melt adhesives with respect to the change in properties that occurs while the adhesive is aged in the molten state during hot-melt application. Melt properties monitored are viscosity, color, skin formation, and phase separation.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    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.


    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

    D907 Terminology of Adhesives

    D1544 Test Method for Color of Transparent Liquids (Gardner Color Scale)

    D3236 Test Method for Apparent Viscosity of Hot Melt Adhesives and Coating Materials

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.180 (Adhesives)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31201609(Hot melt adhesives)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4499-07

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