ASTM D531 - 00(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Rubber Property-Pusey and Jones Indentation

    Active Standard ASTM D531 | Developed by Subcommittee: D11.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.01


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    Significance and Use

    The Pusey and Jones indentation value is the depth of indentation, expressed in hundredths of a millimetre, of a ball 3.175 mm (0.1250 in.) in diameter under an expressed force of 9.8 N (2.2 lbf). This value may be used to compare the indentation resistance of rubber and rubber-like materials.

    The indentation value obtained should not be confused with hardness as measured by Test Method D1415, since in the latter test the rubber immediately adjacent to the indentor is precompressed.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the indentation of rubber or rubber-like materials by means of the Pusey and Jones type of plastometer. This apparatus is used to measure the depth of indentation of an indentor, under fixed force into the surface of a specimen.

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

    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.


    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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D1415 Test Method for Rubber Property--International Hardness

    D4483 Practice for Evaluating Precision for Test Method Standards in the Rubber and Carbon Black Manufacturing Industries


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.060 (Rubber)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13100000(Rubber and elastomers)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0531-00R10

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