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Significance and Use
The results of this test provide a relative measure of the total soluble fraction of polypropylene homopolymers and copolymers. The soluble fraction approximately correlates to the amorphous fraction in the polypropylene. Xylene is widely used for determining the soluble fraction in polypropylene as it is more specific to the atactic fraction than other solvents. The concentration of a soluble fraction obtained with a specific solvent has been found to relate closely to the performance characteristics of a product in certain applications, for example film and fiber. Data obtained by one solvent and at one precipitation time cannot be compared with data obtained by another solvent or precipitation time, respectively.
1.1 This test method is to be used for determining the 25°C xylene-soluble fraction of polypropylene homopolymers and copolymers.
1.2 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.
Note 1—This test method is technically equivalent to ISO 16152.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
ISO StandardISO16152 Plastics--Determination of Xylene Solubles of Polypropylene Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.
ICS Number Code 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials)
UNSPSC Code 13102022(Polypropylene PP)
ASTM D5492-10, Standard Test Method for Determination of Xylene Solubles in Propylene Plastics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top