ASTM D4803 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Predicting Heat Buildup in PVC Building Products

    Active Standard ASTM D4803 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.24

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.03


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    Significance and Use

    Heat buildup in PVC exterior building products due to absorption of the energy from the sun may lead to distortion problems. Heat buildup is affected by the color, emittance, absorptance, and reflectance of a product. Generally, the darker the color of the product, the more energy is absorbed and the greater is the heat buildup. However, even with the same apparent color, the heat buildup may vary due to the specific pigment system involved. The greatest heat buildup generally occurs in the color black containing carbon black pigment. The black control sample used in this test method contains 2.5 parts of furnace black per 100 parts of PVC suspension resin. The maximum temperature rise above ambient temperature for this black is 90°F (50°C) for a 45° or horizontal surface when the sun is perpendicular to the surface and 74°F (41°C) for a vertical surface assuming that the measurements were done on a cloudless day with no wind and heavy insulation on the back of the specimen. See Appendix X1.

    This test method allows the measurement of the temperature rise under a specific type heat lamp, relative to that of a black reference surface, thus predicting the heat buildup due to the sun's energy.

    The test method allows prediction of heat buildup of various colors or pigment systems, or both.

    This test method gives a relative heat buildup compared to black under certain defined severe conditions but does not predict actual application temperatures of the product. These will also depend on air temperature, incident angle of the sun, clouds, wind velocity, insulation, installation behind glass, etc.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers prediction of the heat buildup in rigid and flexible PVC building products above ambient air temperature, relative to black, which occurs due to absorption of the sun's energy.

    Note 1—This test method is expected to be applicable to all types of colored plastics. The responsible subcommittee intends to broaden the scope beyond PVC when data on other materials is submitted for review.

    Note 2—There are no ISO standards covering the primary subject matter of this test method.

    1.2 Rigid PVC exterior profile extrusions for assembled windows and doors are covered in Specification D4726.

    1.3 Rigid PVC exterior profiles for fencing are covered in Specification F964.

    1.4 Rigid PVC siding profiles are covered in Specification D3679.

    1.5 Rigid PVC soffit profiles are covered in Specification D4477.

    1.6 Rigid PVC and Rigid CPVC plastic building products compounds are covered in Specification D4216.

    1.7 The text of this test method references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of this test method.

    1.8 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard.

    1.9 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. Specific safety hazard statements are given in Section 7.


    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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    D3679 Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Siding

    D4216 Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) and Related PVC and Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) Building Products Compounds

    D4477 Specification for Rigid (Unplasticized) Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Soffit

    D4703 Practice for Compression Molding Thermoplastic Materials into Test Specimens, Plaques, or Sheets

    D4726 Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Exterior-Profile Extrusions Used for Assembled Windows and Doors

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    F964 Specification for Rigid Poly (Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Exterior Profiles Used for Fencing and Railing


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.140.01 (Rubber and plastic products in general); 83.140.99 (Other rubber and plastic products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13102030(Polyvinyl Chloride PVC)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4803-10

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