ASTM D573 - 04(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Rubber—Deterioration in an Air Oven

    Active Standard ASTM D573 | Developed by Subcommittee: D11.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.01


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    Significance and Use

    Rubber and rubber products must resist the deterioration of physical properties with time caused by oxidative and thermal aging. This test method provides a way to assess these performance characteristics of rubber, under certain accelerated conditions as specified.

    Please refer to Annex A1 for important information on standard compounds used for precision testing for accelerated test aging evaluation.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure to determine the influence of elevated temperature on the physical properties of vulcanized rubber. The results of this test method may not give an exact correlation with service performance since performance conditions vary widely. This test method may, however, be used to evaluate rubber compounds on a laboratory comparison basis.

    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. (For specific precautionary statement, see Note 1.)


    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

    D15 Method of Compound and Sample Preparation for Physical Testing of Rubber Products

    D412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers--Tension

    D1349 Practice for Rubber--Standard Temperatures for Testing

    D3182 Practice for Rubber--Materials, Equipment, and Procedures for Mixing Standard Compounds and Preparing Standard Vulcanized Sheets

    D3183 Practice for Rubber--Preparation of Pieces for Test Purposes from Products

    D3184 Practice for Rubber--Evaluation of NR (Natural Rubber)

    D3185 Test Methods for Rubber--Evaluation of SBR (Styrene-Butadiene Rubber) Including Mixtures With Oil

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

    E145 Specification for Gravity-Convection and Forced-Ventilation Ovens


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.060 (Rubber)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13100000(Rubber and elastomers)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0573-04R10

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