ASTM D4800 - 94(2011)

    Standard Guide for Classifying and Specifying Adhesives

    Active Standard ASTM D4800 | Developed by Subcommittee: D14.60

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.06


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    Significance and Use

    The purpose of this classification system is to provide a method of identifying adhesives in order to give industry a system that can be used universally for materials. It further provides a means for specifying these materials by the use of the standards that are developed using this guide.

    This classification system was developed to permit the addition of future adhesives.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides a classification system for tabulating the properties of adhesives suitable for holding parts or assemblies together. The use of this guide also provides information necessary for the development of standard specifications for adhesives.

    Note 1—This classification system may serve many of the needs of industries using adhesives. This guide is subject to revision as the need requires; therefore, the latest revision should always be used.

    1.2 LimitationsThis classification system is intended to be a means of identifying adhesives. It is not intended for the selection of materials. Material selection should be made by those having expertise in the adhesives field after careful consideration of the design and the performance required of the part, the environment to which it will be exposed, the attachment process to be employed, the inherent properties of the material not covered in this document, and the economic factors.

    1.3 This classification system is based on the premise that adhesives can be arranged into broad generic families using basic properties to arrange the materials into groups, classes, and grades.

    1.4 In all cases where the provisions of this classification system would conflict with the referenced ASTM specification for a particular material, the latter shall take precedence.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units, as detailed in , are to be regarded as the 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D907 Terminology of Adhesives

    D1084 Test Methods for Viscosity of Adhesives

    D1298 Test Method for Density, Relative Density (Specific Gravity), or API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Liquid Petroleum Products by Hydrometer Method

    D1310 Test Method for Flash Point and Fire Point of Liquids by Tag Open-Cup Apparatus

    D2240 Test Method for Rubber Property--Durometer Hardness

    D2583 Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Rigid Plastics by Means of a Barcol Impressor

    D2834 Test Method for Nonvolatile Matter (Total Solids) in Water-Emulsion Floor Polishes, Solvent-Based Floor Polishes, and Polymer-Emulsion Floor Polishes

    D3278 Test Methods for Flash Point of Liquids by Small Scale Closed-Cup Apparatus

    D4562 Test Method for Shear Strength of Adhesives Using Pin-and-Collar Specimen

    D5363 Specification for Anaerobic Single-Component Adhesives (AN)

    Military Standards

    MIL-A-46146 Adhesive, Silicone, RTV, Noncorrosive (for Use with Sensitive Metals and Equipment)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.180 (Adhesives)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31201601(Chemical adhesives)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4800-94R11

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