ASTM D4741 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Viscosity at High Temperature and High Shear Rate by Tapered-Plug Viscometer

    Active Standard ASTM D4741 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Viscosity measured under the conditions of this test method is considered to be representative of that at the temperatures and shear rates but not the pressures in the journal bearings of internal combustion engines under operating conditions.

    5.2 The relevance of these conditions to the measurement of engine-oil viscosity has been discussed in many publications.6

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method2 covers the laboratory determination of the viscosity of oils at 150 °C and 1 × 106s–1 and at 100 °C and 1 × 106s–1, using high shear rate tapered-plug viscometer models BE/C or BS/C.

    1.2 Newtonian calibration oils are used to adjust the working gap and for calibration of the apparatus. These calibration oils cover a range from approximately 1.4 mPa·s to 5.9 mPa·s (cP) at 150 °C and 4.2 mPa·s to 18.9 mPa·s (cP) at 100 °C. This test method should not be used for extrapolation to higher viscosities than those of the Newtonian calibration oils used for calibration of the apparatus. If it is so used, the precision statement will no longer apply. The precision has only been determined for the viscosity range 1.48 mPa·s to 5.07 mPa·s at 150 °C and from 4.9 mPa·s to 11.8 mPa·s at 100 °C for the materials listed in the precision section.

    1.3 A non-Newtonian reference oil is used to check that the working conditions are correct. The exact viscosity appropriate to each batch of this oil is established by testing on a number of instruments in different laboratories. The agreed value for this reference oil may be obtained from the chairman of the Coordinating European Council (CEC) Surveillance Group for CEC L-36-A90, or from the distributor.

    1.4 Applicability to products other than engine oils has not been determined in preparing this test method.

    1.5 This test method uses the millipascal seconds, mPa·s, as the unit of viscosity. For information, the equivalent cgs unit, centipoise, cP, is shown in parentheses.

    1.6 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

    D91 Test Method for Precipitation Number of Lubricating Oils

    D4683 Test Method for Measuring Viscosity of New and Used Engine Oils at High Shear Rate and High Temperature by Tapered Bearing Simulator Viscometer at 150 C

    D5481 Test Method for Measuring Apparent Viscosity at High-Temperature and High-Shear Rate by Multicell Capillary Viscometer

    D6300 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants

    D6708 Practice for Statistical Assessment and Improvement of Expected Agreement Between Two Test Methods that Purport to Measure the Same Property of a Material

    Coordinating European Council (CEC) Standard

    L36-A90 The Measurement of Lubricant Dynamic Viscosity under Conditions of High Shear (Ravenfield)

    Energy Institute

    IP370 Test Method for the Measurement of Lubricant Dynamic Viscosity Under Conditions of High Shear Using the Ravenfield Viscometer


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41103312(Viscosimeters)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4741

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