ASTM D5477 - 11

    Standard Practice for Identification of Polymer Layers or Inclusions by Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy (FT-IR)

    Active Standard ASTM D5477 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.70

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.03


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    Significance and Use

    A speck will ultimately cause a failure to occur by virtue of its appearance in a film or by the decrease in electrical or mechanical properties in the polymer substrate (see Specification D1248).

    The analysis of composite layers for barrier purposes by microscopic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) can indicate the adequacy of the barrier tape or indicate why a barrier may be defective (a missing layer or hole in the layer or poor coextrusion practice). Fig. 1 represents a typical multilayer film.


    FIG. 1 Position and Function of Materials in Typical Multilayer Films

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes the techniques used for detecting two different polymer entities as follows:

    1.1.1 Abnormal specks or spots on a surface or in the film that are objectionable as defects and

    1.1.2 Layers of different polymeric sheets commonly used as barrier films made by coextrusion.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    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. Specific hazard statements are given in Section 7.

    Note 1—There is no known ISO equivalent to this 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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    E131 Terminology Relating to Molecular Spectroscopy

    E168 Practices for General Techniques of Infrared Quantitative Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.140.20 (Laminated sheets)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5477-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5477-11, Standard Practice for Identification of Polymer Layers or Inclusions by Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy (FT-IR), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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